Emma Raducanu dispels injury fears and ‘is ready to go’ ahead of a ‘first’ at Wimbledon
British number one Emma Raducanu has declared “she is ready to go” as she prepared for her first ever appearance on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
The US Open champion has struggled for consistent form and fitness during her first full season on the WTA tour, as she heads into Wimbledon with only 8 wins from 19 matches this season and 33 minutes of grass court match practice under her belt.
The 19-year-old has not played since her retirement at the Nottingham Open in her first round match against Viktorija Golubic where she sustained an abdominal injury.
Despite injury and fitness fears for Wimbledon, Raducanu has claimed she is “ready to go” as she is set to face Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck in the first round, as the Bromley born teen looks to better her fourth round finish from last year’s edition at SW19.
Raducanu, who is set to appear on Wimbledon centre court for the first time, brushed aside any concerns as she told reporters in a recent interview, “This week was a good build up.
“There were moments early in the week where we weren’t sure but now we’re here it’s full-stream ahead. Right now I’m fit I’m pain free and ready to go.
“I have been managing the injury since Nottingham and took two weeks off. Yesterday we had to react to the situation. I had practiced in the morning so we took the collective decision to pass on the afternoon session.”
The world number 11 was also quizzed about her inconsistent performances following her US Open win back in September 2021 as she admitted she learnt a lot about herself.
“I’m resilient. Fall down 10 times and get up 11. The only way to move is forward.”
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