Emma Raducanu reveals ‘advice’ that lead to Billie Jean King Cup withdrawal
Emma Raducanu has detailed the ‘advice’ that lead to her deciding not to represent Great Britain at the Billie Jean King Cup next month, after losing in the first round of the Miami Open.
Raducanu lost to fellow US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, 3-6 6-3 2-6, in a two hour and 35 minute battle.
The British No.1 is still yet to win at the Floridian Masters 1000 event, and was asked about how she was coping with her wrists that are both strapped.
“It [the injury] is something I’ve been managing for some time,” said Raducanu. “Yeah, I just need to review after this tournament really and figure out what my next steps are. We have been managing it, keeping on top of it.”
She added, “I’m able to play in the short-term. But the current solutions aren’t very viable long-term.”
Raducanu picked up the injury in the latter part of 2022, and has only played four tournaments this year due to the wrist, an ankle injury and illness.
The No.72 expressed her frustration at all the disruptions she has faced, “I feel like this year has been difficult in the sense that I have been managing a few existing injuries. That has been annoying and frustrating because I’ve been working as best as I can.”
The 20-year-old was also questioned about her decision not to represent Great Britain next month in their Billie Jean King Cup tie against France, choosing to play on the clay of Stuttgart the following week instead.
“I think because of my existing injuries, the best medical advice was to not switch surfaces at such short notice. Of course I would love to play the Billie Jean King Cup. It’s just this scenario is not the best for my body. I really need to look after myself and do what’s best for me on the match court. Of course, I would love to play the Olympics,” expressed Raducanu.
Raducanu’s next scheduled tournament is in-fact at the Porsche sponsored event, which begins on the 17th April, where she reached the quarter-final last year before losing to No.1 Iga Swiatek.
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