Emma Raducanu - Indian Wells 2023

Emma Raducanu willing to ‘take whatever it takes’ to get back to the top

Emma Raducanu has spoken about her change in luck, after reaching the third round of Indian Wells for a second year in a row.

Raducanu beat Australian Open semi-finalist Magda Linette, 7-6(3) 6-2, to pick up her highest ranked win since her 2021 US Open triumph.

Despite picking up a win there has been some discussion around the British No.1’s lingering wrist injury, with Raducanu taking a tablet towards the end of the first set.

However, the 20-year-old has suggested that it is not serious, “It’s the same. It’s manageable. Still able to win matches at this level. Managing it. Yeah, as to what it is, I’m not going to go into it.”

Raducanu has struggled with injuries ever since her triumph in New York and has also been ill with tonsillitis over the last couple of weeks.

The No.77 commented on this, “Sometimes you wonder, like, how is this possible?”

She continued, “But then very quickly I think you create your own luck. It works both ways. I won the U.S. Open as well.”

“I have to take the bad luck sometimes because good fortune has also come upon me.”

Some fans have argued that Raducanu winning her Grand Slam title so unexpectedly prevented her from following the natural career trajectory like most other players on the tour.

There have also been suggestions that the Brit has struggled with the added pressure of being a major champion, but Raducanu has implied that she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

“I wouldn’t trade that title for the world. I’m just prepared to take whatever it takes, knowing that I have that in the bank,” said Raducanu.

She added, “I feel good with the way I’m working with my team, not getting overly pleased or too down. I’m just plodding away. I feel pretty good about how things are going.”

Raducanu now moves onto the next round where she will play WTA No.13 Beatriz Haddad Maia, in a first time meeting on Monday.

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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.