Emma Raducanu shed light on her life after the successful US Open run and then the injury struggles that kept her out of the court for a long period.
The British MBE, Emma Raducanu, has had terrible luck outside of her fairytale run at the 2021 US Open tournament. Injuries have plagued her young career since then. Last year, she had to undergo two major surgeries on her wrist and ankle, which also meant her absence from tennis for most of the season.
She played her first match back at the ASB Classic in Auckland and made a winning start. However, the excitement of a deep run in her first tournament back was cut short by Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina. Despite a loss, there were a lot of positive takeaways for the British player.
Addressing the post-match press conference, she clarified some takeaways. Raducanu seemed optimistic about things to come ahead, including the Australian Open.
“Of course I’m disappointed about today because I was a few points away and had a few forehands mid-court, but at least I took them. I think I’d regret it more if I just pushed it in and let her hit a winner, so at least it was on my terms. I’m looking forward to this season, it’s just the beginning. It’s week one: a lot more to come.”
In addition, she was inquired about her rollercoaster of life post the US Open victory, to which she answered that life didn’t ‘slow down’ for her.
“Things never really slow down for me. I think people might have thought oh, injury, you must have so much time on your hands, and no, I’ve actually had even less.”
She also expressed her gratitude towards her team and family for constantly having her back throughout the injury and rehab process.
“I think it was all good times. My partners have really backed me and supported me even in a year out. So anything that I can do to give back, give extra, is really important to me.”
“Yeah, I feel reborn in a way,” says Emma Raducanu on recovering from her injuries through surgeries.
Emma Raducanu expressed new-found optimism after the surgeries required to treat her wrist and ankle injuries in a recent press conference.
The 21-year-old stated that the surgeries have vastly helped her in getting a new and ‘fresh’ start to her career. She said that it felt like she was ‘reborn’.
“I feel reborn in a way, I feel fresh, I feel ready, I feel happy, I feel excited. So overall I’m feeling positive and lighter. For two years after the US Open, I felt maybe a bit more like with a weight on my shoulders, but now I feel completely fresh.”
Emma Raducanu-"Yeah,i feel reborn in a way ". pic.twitter.com/oBeNfpa2bh— Gary H (@CCT157175) January 1, 2024