Emma Raducanu had to withdraw from the Italian Open due to a back injury. She faced Bianca Andreescu in the opening round and had a tough start as he struggled with pain. She lost the first set and as the second set was going on she decided to walk away as she struggled to move.
It has been a tough debut year on tour as Raducanu has struggled with several injuries as she experiences the rigorous nature of the WTA tour. There are many similarities between Andreescu and Raducanu. The Canadian also had an astronomic rise in the tennis world when she won back to back WTA 1000 titles and top it off with the US Open title back in 2019. But soon after she struggled with injuries and had to miss important events due to her persistent problems.
Andreescu has made a comeback after she battled mental health issues and therefore after her walkover win, the Canadian was asked if she would like to give any advice to the young Brit. The Canadian agreed as she highlighted the timeliness of the daily routine that needs to be followed by the players when on tour and the measures they must take to prevent injuries. She believes that experiencing things on tour is the best lesson.
‘Injuries are a part of the game, ” Bianca Andreescu tries to cheer up Emma Raducanu after her injury retirement
Bianca Andreescu believes that one must be in the right frame of mind both, physically and emotionally on tour to do well. “I think that you really have to experience it to really know what you need,” said Andreescu. “But you’re playing the best players, you really have to have the right nutrition, the right game plan, like physically, mentally, emotionally, everything.
“It’s not easy being on tour. From January to end of October, that’s a long time. You really have to schedule your training properly, your competition, all of that,” she added.
The Canadian also touched upon how injuries are part of a player’s career but she also highlights how one must be aware of preventing them on tour. “You also have to know that injuries are a part of the game. But the best thing you can do is try to prevent. I think that’s kind of the advice I can give her,” she shared her advice with Emma Raducanu who retired after suffering from a back injury.
Bianca Andreescu will feature against Spain’s Nuria Parizzas-Diaz in the second round of the Italian Open as she aims to get more matches under her belt and elevate her level ever since returning to the WTA tour.