Hello and welcome to protection of Emma Raducanu’s opening match on the French Open. The British No 1 insists she is match to mount a problem after a disrupted clay court docket season as a result of a again downside.
The US Open champion retired in the course of the second set of her opening match on the Italian Open in Rome final week in opposition to Bianca Andreescu, saying she was unable to maneuver correctly.
But she has been given the all clear to play in Paris and is gearing up for her senior debut at Roland Garros, the place she is the twelfth seed.
She instructed reporters: “I’m studying about my physique, for positive, however I’m very completely satisfied to be persevering with my preparations for the French Open and to have the ability to play this event and happily I did not need to miss this grand slam.
“That is definitely a really positive thing, because I really look forward to these big moments and the big tournaments.”
Asked if she may have been pressured to overlook the 12 months’s second grand slam, Raducanu mentioned: “It was positively thrown into query. But, on the finish of the day, I’m simply studying, feeling it out. I bought the all clear to proceed with preparations and see how issues go.
“Last week after Rome I definitely had to slow down that week, but this week I have been training and luckily being able to practise all of the shots. It feels good to be able to move freely and just run around. It’s quite fun. I have been preparing as normal the last few days.”
Last month, Raducanu expressed her confidence that clay may very well be her greatest floor and he or she reiterated that perception.
“I think that when I said six weeks ago, and I still think this, that I could be a great clay-court player, (I was) looking forward, long, medium term, in a few years where I have definitely developed more robustness and I’m able to repeat the same shots over and over,” she mentioned.
“To be honest, I think I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. Clay at the beginning kind of was written off, ‘Oh, it’s a clay court, just have a go’. But now I really believe that I can be good and faster than I thought it would be. I’m definitely looking forward for the coming clay-court seasons.”