Emma Raducanu shot to fame with her fairytale run at the US Open last year but since then the Brit teenager has had quite disappointing results after struggling with injuries and inconsistencies.
Raducanu lamented on the string of bad luck she faced this year. She couldn’t compete at any tournaments in the lead-up to the Australian Open after she tested positive for Covid. And after that injuries hampered her progress, and she lost her second-round match at the Melbourne Major, where she had to play with blisters on her dominant hand. Following that her misfortune continued after she had to retire from her opening round clash in Guadalajara, with a leg injury.
“I was hoping for a really good preseason in December which didn’t happen because I got COVID. And then I took three weeks off, and then in Australia, I kind of felt the effect of that because I got blisters because my hands got soft and then I got a leg injury, but it’s all part of it. A spanner in the works. I feel like I can take all the bad luck that is thrown at me after all the good fortune I had last year. But, yeah, it’s frustrating because I was hoping to kind of build on it,” she said in the pre-tournament presser ahead of the Indian Wells.
“It hasn’t yet, to be honest. Still trying to figure everything out and everything is still very new and it’s going to take a while to really settle into it. And I accept that it’s not going to be the smoothest ride and it’s going to be bumpy, but what can I do about it? I’ve kind of been put in a scenario that’s not really been done before and I’m trying to figure it out as I go along,” she said.
“To be here is really positive a bit of a bonus for me“- Emma Raducanu on competing at the Indian Wells
At the WTA 250 tournament in Guadalajara, Raducanu had to retire mid-way from her opening round clash against Daria Saville with a leg injury. She then also withdrew from the Monterrey Open after she failed to recover from injury. But Raducanu is adamant about competing at the Indian Wells, however, it remains to be seen if she has made a complete recovery yet.
“To be here is really positive a bit of a bonus for me. Basically, everyone was like ‘there’s no chance you’re playing Indian Wells’ so to be here is actually for sure a bonus just to make it here and it’s really positive not to miss such a big event,” she added.
The British No.1 will take on Caroline Garcia in the second round. After a dismal outing last year, where she suffered a first-round exit, Raducanu will be keen to rekindle her form during her impeccable run from US Open last year and hope to turn her season around.