Emma Raducanu had a shocking loss at the 2022 US Open after her defeat in the first round against Alize Cornet and hence failing to defend her title which was her maiden Grand Slam singles title. She had failed to go past the quarter-finals in all of her WTA tournaments.
Raducanu had a disappointing start to the hard-court tournaments that are the build-up to the US Open. She was looked upon as the next big tennis sensation but has failed to deliver as expected despite being a top-seed player in the tournaments. Lack of form and injuries have forced the Brit into a back-seat and she faced a significant drop in her rankings as she drops out of the Top 50 WTA rankings.
Emma Raducanu received a walkover into the second round of the Slovenia Open
Emma Raducanu received a wild-card entry at the WTA Slovenia Open which was her first WTA event after the US Open debacle. She was looking to end the year on a good note and gather as many as possible crucial points to slowly make her way back into a better place in the rankings.
The Brit started on a good note as she was looking strong to win her first-round game against the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska but things turned when Yastremska got injured on her wrist and took a medical time out to access the situation. Things looked in serious condition for the Ukrainian and she decided to withdraw from the match when Raducanu was just two points away from her win in straight sets.
During the post-match interview, upon being asked about her thoughts, Raducanu emphasized that taking such a win is something not in their hands and she does not appreciate it much. She said, “Obviously no one wants to win by retirement.” She further refused to make any further comment on her opponent. She further added that “But Dayana is an extremely ferocious competitor so I knew it was going to be a tough match going in.”
Raducanu will be up against Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany in the Round of 16 who has made her way into the main draw after winning both her qualifiers round and defeating the American Elizabeth Mandlik in the first round.
Prateek Pradhan is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He is very passionate about sports and a huge fan of Rafael Nadal. Other than tennis, he also follows football and cricket.
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