Emma Raducanu - Indian Wells 2023

Emma Raducanu reveals which former ATP No.1 she takes ‘inspiration’ from

Emma Raducanu has revealed which former ATP No.1 she took ‘inspiration’ from to help pick up her highest ranked win since her US Open triumph in 2021.

Raducanu beat No.13 Beatriz Haddad Maia, 6-1 2-6 6-4, to reach the fourth round of Indian Wells.

This is only the second time the British No.1 has won three consecutive matches since her ‘fairytale in New York’, and her win over the Brazilian is the second highest ranked win of Raducanu’s career.

The 20-year-old gave her insights on her victory, “I started off really strongly, and a small dip in intensity or focus can just lead to a 6-2 set, as you saw.”

She continued, “You just have to reset in the third, and it’s really just a shootout, and it’s almost easier to just think, ‘OK, like one set, everything you’ve got, really go for it’.”

Raducanu revealed that she took inspiration from Daniil Medvedev, who won the US Open the same year as her.

Medvedev won his third round match against Ilya Ivashka, after losing the second set, and Raducanu revealed that she watched that match, “But you see it happen a lot in tennis. Like, I saw it last night with Medvedev. I guess I took maybe some inspiration from him doing that.”

Raducanu added, “I think I did a really good job mentally of just staying [in the points] — keep hitting through the shots and trying to be committing to everything, even when it’s tight.”

Raducanu’s success at the tournament that many call the ‘fifth Grand Slam’ has come as a surprise to some, with their being doubts over the Brit even participating in the event.

The WTA No.77 had been suffering with illness prior to the tournament and has both wrists strapped, however she appears to be managing them.

“I actually feel pretty good,” said Raducanu. “I have been managing my wrists, obviously. But that’s something that I’m continuing to manage, and I’m doing everything off the court to try and make them in the best possible place to compete.”

It doesn’t get any easier for Raducanu, who faces No.1 Iga Swiatek in her fourth round match.

Raducanu has played Swiatek twice before, once at junior Wimbledon and the other in Stuttgart last year, losing both in straight sets.

Swiatek believes that playing Raducanu before will help her in this latest encounter, “I think after Stuttgart, I just know how her shots feel on the racquet because before I haven’t even practised with her.”

“So it helps that way, but on the other hand, it’s great because we are playing on a hard court, and there it was clay, but actually this surface is slower.”

The Pole added, “So I think I have to really take care of the tactics anyway, and we’ll see. Honestly, like every day is different. The Stuttgart match was like almost a year ago. So a long time ago.”

Raducanu will take on Swiatek in the Indian Wells night session later today (15th March, 3:00am GMT).

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.