British tennis star Emma Raducanu is glad with how her first clay season has gone as she is optimistic she could make some strong results on the surface in the upcoming years.
Prior to her first clay season, there was a big unknown regarding Raducanu’s abilities on clay.
Last year, Raducanu proved that she can play well on hard and grass as she won the US Open and reached the Wimbledon last-16, respectively.
In her first clay tournament as a pro, Raducanu reached the Stuttgart quarterfinal before losing to top-ranked Iga Swiatek.
Swiatek then reached the Madrid last-16, before retiring her opener in Rome due to an injury.
“I think that I have definitely come a long way and probably progressed faster than expected of myself in the last few weeks and I really am enjoying the clay. To be honest, I think I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would,” Raducanu told WTA insider.
“Clay at the beginning was kind of 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.”
Raducanu set for her French Open debut
Raducanu has played in all Grand Slam as a pro except the French Open.
However, that is set to change as she will be facing qualifier Linda Noskova in the French Open third round.
Raducanu has dealt and continues to deal with physical issues but she is optimistic she will become more robust and get more stronger going forward.
“I’m learning about my body, for sure, but I’m very happy to be continuing my preparations for the French Open and to be able to play this tournament and fortunately I didn’t have to miss this Grand Slam,” Raducanu said. “That is definitely a really positive thing because I really look forward to these big moments and the big tournaments.”