Emma Raducanu’s season didn’t start in the best way. The young British tennis player suffered an ankle injury during the match valid for access to the quarterfinals of the WTA 250 tournament in Auckland, against Viktoria Kuzmova.
Raducanu had played a perfect first set and left her rival scoreless. After losing the second set with a score of 5-7, the tennis player born in 2002 fell and suffered a bad ankle sprain.
The medical time out didn’t resolve the situation and Raducanu shook Kuzmova’s hand, and she left the court in tears. Only the instrumental tests will be able to highlight or not the presence of serious injuries, and provide an important update in terms of the Australian Open 2023
Just in recent weeks, the 2021 US Open winner announced that Sebastian Sachs will be her new full-time coach. The German coach has collaborated with players such as Belinda Bencic and Julia Gorges, despite him having just turned thirty.
“People look at her 24/7,” said Emma Raducanu’s former rival
Recently, Emma’s old rival from her younger days, Sonay Kartal, came out in favor of her, defending the young British tennis player from media criticism.
Sonay Kartal and Raducanu faced each other quite often during finals in their junior days. But during the age of 13-14, the other player had to take time off due to her injuries. However, they got back together during the Billie Jean King Cup.
She told the Express: “I think obviously, with what she’s done now she’s obviously in the spotlight and I think she’s so young. It’s probably something that she hasn’t really had cameras on her like she does now. It was expected she would be been criticized about everything.
But I think she’s going to get used to it and get used to people watching her 24/7 trying to pick something. It’s part of the sport, isn’t it, it’s part of everything. So it’s just, unfortunately, one of the factors in being a great tennis player.”