“I was honestly quite happy with the level I put out and tried to fight back,” U.S. Open champ Emma Raducanu had said after her loss in the first round of the Austria Ladies Linz tournament to Wang Xinya. This event finished off the 2021 season for Raducanu, the 18-year-old Brit but it unexpectedly ended on a sour note. The idea of maintaining her recipe for winning shots as she did a few months ago at the Open has become quite stressful and hopefully she sees a turnaround in 2022.
Raducanu has been having more success at gaining sponships than winning matches and with participating in only seven tournaments thus far getting enough matches on her racket to be successful wasn’t there. The 18-year-old has picked up a huge amount of fans and supporters that most likely will carry her back into the success she acquired months ago. But it was her opponent from China, Wang Xinya ranked 106 that gave her ‘a wake up call’. She had blasting forehands and knew well how to manipulate Emma’s game. Wang had just captured her 2nd career doubles title at the Courmayeur Open in Italy. The Brit gave kudos to Wang though saying “She was playing extremely well”. The rallies were competitive and tested not only the Brit’s skills but her phgysical health when she had to take a medical timeout for a hip ailment.
Emma’s focus is now on getting her level more consistent and with the departure of ex-coach Andrew Richardson, her search was over for another in the form of German ex-coach of Angelique Kerber – Torben Beltz. They will start preparation now tfor the 2022 season and Emma is enthusiastic as to how this could help her professional career. Beltz has led Kerber to multiple titles and Emma is hopeful that their pairing will breed the same results. “I’m definitely very excited to work with him throughout the pre-season and into next year so things are looking up…” she said smilingly. Most had pleaded with the public to give her time and the 18-year-old would come into her own again as in the New yOrk tournament. Time is precious but Emma knows that what she does with the time will present beneficial results that she can feel and the public and crowd will see.