Emma Raducanu has shown ‘ruthless streak’ says commentator
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Emma Raducanu had planned to visit her grandmother after she had finished competing at the Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca, but ended up not being able to make the short journey to nearby Bucharest. Fatigue from her exertions turned into illness, stopping her from visiting her father’s mother in the Romanian capital.
The 18-year-old secured her first WTA Tour win at the competition, beating Polona Hercog to reach the last 16.
It was her first victory since her shock success at the US Open, and she didn’t have to wait too long for the second as she made light work of Ana Bogdan in her next outing.
Marta Kostyuk proved to be too much for Raducanu, though, as she lost in the quarter-finals in straight sets and missed out on a dream clash with Romanian tennis icon Simona Halep.
The teenager said she knew she would struggle in that match as she “wasn’t physically feeling 100%” which led to a “lethargic” performance on the court.
She has now revealed that tiredness turned into illness after her loss, which prevented her from visiting her grandmother for the first time since becoming a Grand Slam champion.
Raducanu returned to full training last Thursday and enters this week’s Upper Austria Ladies Linz – her final tournament of the 2021 season.
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“I had five negative PCR results so it’s not Covid,” she confirmed.
“I’ve been feeling the ball well here and I’m in as good a place as I can be and just looking forward really, really positive for this week.”
Raducanu was given a warm welcome by local tennis fans as she arrived at her hotel in the Austrian city at the weekend.
She enters the WTA tournament as the top-seeded player, showing just how far she has come this year after strong showings in the Grand Slams.
But that, of course, does not mean she is a shoo-in for success in Linz – her two post-US Open defeats have come against lower-ranked players, and she has to be wary of the same happening in this competition.
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Raducanu has been subject to some criticism for the amount of off-court work she has done since winning in New York – the teen has cashed in on her newfound fame by appearing in advertisements for several brands including Christian Dior and Sports Direct.
She insists, though, that she is fully committed to her tennis aspirations ahead of any other ventures.
“I made it very, very clear to every single person in my team that I was not going to cancel one training session or practice session for any off court commitments,” she stressed.
“I wanted to make sure that that is my priority, and it is. so everyone’s clear about that. But it’s just managing my time with the commitments around that.
“I have been quite busy since the US Open, but I felt like that was going to come with it and like, I didn’t expect as much but yeah, I’ve been really enjoying everything since the US Open.
“It’s been quite a roller coaster in terms of like where I started to where I’m finishing. But, you know, that was in the past. And now I’m looking forward.
“But I don’t really want to dwell on it too much because I feel like I’ve got new goals and new things to achieve and do it and those are my goals and aspirations.
“I think that this is the last tournament of the season. So I’m looking forward to this week to have a positive end to the year. My goal here is to have fun.”
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