July 7, 2022


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Emma Raducanu explains replicating US Open tactic on clay after convincing Stuttgart win

Raducanu was completely happy to be “having fun with her tennis” once more after a victorious opening match in Stuttgart. The 19-year-old had solely made her skilled debut on a clay court docket on Friday, beating Tereza Martincova 7-5 7-5 on the BJK Cup earlier than struggling extreme blistering in her 6-1 6-1 loss to Marketa Vondrousova the next day, feeling “redundant and helpless” as she might barely transfer across the court docket.

However it was a special story for the US Open champion on Wednesday, who seemed to be properly over her damage woes as she dropped simply three video games towards the Aussie world No 197 in her first spherical match on the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. When requested whether or not she was taking something from her triumph in Flushing Meadows into the clay-court season forward of an upcoming French Open debut, Raducanu admitted she had returned to her free-swinging US Open mindset.

“I imply on the US Open I feel the most important factor was simply having zero expectation and simply going on the market and having enjoyable each single match, having a swing and I feel that’s one thing that time beyond regulation I’ve undoubtedly developed and beginning to do an increasing number of so yeah, I’m simply actually having fun with my tennis for the time being,” the eighth seed stated.

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After what was simply her third skilled match on the filth, the younger Brit was additionally keen to maintain bettering her recreation because the clay swing progressed, as she can be set to play the WTA 1000 occasions in Madrid and Rome earlier than making her French Open debut. Sharing the tough a part of adjusting to the floor, she stated: “I feel it’s undoubtedly the period of the factors, that’s one thing that I would like to simply work on as I spend extra time on clay and it’ll enhance my craftiness and selection as properly of pictures, so I’m simply trying ahead to spend extra time on this floor going ahead.”

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Subsequent up for Raducanu is a gathering with fortunate loser Tamara Korpatsch, who got here into the draw instead of Camila Giogi and defeated Jasmine Paolini in three units. Unfamiliar with the world No 118, the eighth seed stated: “I don’t know something about her proper now however have to be an ideal opponent to return by a troublesome first spherical and searching ahead to taking part in a German on residence turf.”