Emma Raducanu says she’s a ‘stronger and better player’ following opening victory of 2023 in Auckland
She's backing up those New Year's resolutions already.
Tennis star Emma Raducanu has kicked off 2023 with her first victory in the ASB Classic, promising that she is feeling “stronger and better” than ever.
Starting the New Year in style with a 2-1 comeback against 17-year-old Czech prospect Linda Fruhvirtova, Raducanu closed the second and third sets by 6-4 and 6-2 with a number of impressively played points.
Still only 20 herself, the world number 78 seed enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame following her massive US Open win in 2021 at the age of just 18, but suffered from injury issues throughout the following year.
However, the Canadian-born Brit now believes she is “a stronger and better player” than when she took the major tournament by storm. Here’s hoping she’s right.
Back in December, Raducanu told lifestyle magazine SheerLuxe, “my biggest goal in 2023 is to be more injury free. I just want to stay healthier for longer.”
After bursting onto the scene at the iconic New York and becoming the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open Era, breaking into the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) top 200 and being named world number 10, 2022 ended up being a largely a frustrating stop-start campaign.
She admitted that given “the demands of the tour, going from having no training or stamina to being thrown into competing at the top level”, her body has struggled, a recurring wrist injury plaguing most of the year and cutting the 2022 season short in October.
Now though, under the new coach Sebastian Sachs — the 30-year-old German who led Belinda Bencic to her Olympic gold last year — she’s looking faster, fitter and fine form.
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Her win against Fruhvirtova is her first official tour match in three months and it looks like the new training regime is working out so far.
Here’s hoping she says fit and healthy for 2023 and especially come Wimbledon. We’d love to see her progress even further and give the UK another name to cheer on.
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Featured Image — Emma Raducanu (via WTA/LTA)