Emma Raducanu: US Open champion prepares for Wimbledon, Cameron Norrie says she should ‘hug’ back | Tennis News


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Emma Raducanu will be under the spotlight when she plays at Birmingham and Wimbledon as Grand Slam champion, the British No. 1 and carrying the hopes of a nation; her ranking will suffer with the WTA recalling points at the All England Club

Last Updated: 5/30/22 10:26 AM

Emma Raducanu returns home for the grassland season

Emma Raducanu returns home for the grassland season

Emma Raducanu will return home for the grassland season with Birmingham first on the agenda as she intensifies her preparations for Wimbledon.

First of all, it’s time for the 19-year-old from Kent, who saw his Parisian adventure end in the hands of Aliaksandra Sasnovich, World No. 47 from Belarusat Roland Garros.

She can take many positives from the clay court seasonand a 6-5 win-loss record isn’t smelling since she only played her first professional match on the surface last month.

“There were some really encouraging signs in my expectations of her on the clay. I saw someone still trying to find her feet. Was it a surprise that she lost to Sasnovich? I would say no. I would put. Her actual rank at about 50. I see someone trying to add areas to her game, which I understand, but you don’t want to go out of your way and Raducanu is someone who won’t beat the best players with raw power. timing, intelligence on the court and her fighting spirit. “

Barry Cowan on Raducanu’s clay field trip

Now Raducanu’s attention will turn full circle, back to the grass, Wimbledon – where her meteoric rise began – and return to play in England as the reigning US Open champion.

Nottingham may be coming too early for Raducanu, but she is expected to be ready for the Rothesay Classic, Birmingham (June 13-19), where the British No. 1 will be one of four major champions participating.

Former world number 1 Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens will join Raducanu – the highest-ranked player on the field – at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

“It will be really nice to go home and play on home court, on the home grass,” she said.

“It’s going to be a little weird at first because I’ve been playing on a clay court for so long now, I feel like weeks have passed.

“Like, going on a lawn I’m probably going to be a little shocked at first. But I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at home, and all the support.

“Last year I experienced a bit of a taste of it, but I feel like this year may be a little more. I’m just looking forward to the atmosphere that will be around.”

Depending on how far Raducanu goes in Birmingham, we could see her back in action at the WTA 500 Rothesay International, Eastbourne.

Defending champion Ostapenko will join Barbora Krejcikova, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa, Annet Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur at the star-studded tournament in Devonshire Park on June 18-25.

Then it’s time for Wimbledon (June 27-July 10) which was the scene where her sensational rise began with her amazing run to the fourth round last year.

“She will have very high expectations of herself on the grass and I imagine there will be a lot of publicity wherever she goes. Her game is more suited to the grass and the faster hard terrain. There are some encouraging signs but I think the training situation is something , which really needs to be sorted out. Her ranking at the end of the year is irrelevant. Is it about whether she is a better player and whether she is a stronger player at the end of 2022 than at the beginning of 2021. “

Barry Cowan is looking forward to Raducanu’s grassy season

Her Wimbledon points currently make up the second highest points in her ranking but she will not be able to defend them this summer with the WTA revoking the rankings of the tournament after the All England Club banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing..

“I would love the opportunity to defend points that come up,” she said. “But I’m just concentrating on what I’m here to do. I’m here to play tennis.

“I don’t want to take part because it’s not my place at all. I’m sure there were a lot of discussions and it wasn’t an easy decision at all. I think I’m really looking forward to playing again. At the Championships in front of a home crowd.”

Raducanu should “embrace” Wimbledon’s attention

Cameron Norrie urged Raducanu

Cameron Norrie urged Raducanu to “accept” the focus she will be putting on at this year’s Wimbledon.

Early departures at the Australian and French Open may have moderated expectations slightly, but men’s British No. 1 Cameron Norrie says the focus will still be on the Kent youth.

“She had a lot of attention after the US Open – I don’t think it will be easier around Wimbledon,” said the 26-year-old.

“Hopefully she will go and embrace it. She knows exactly how much attention she will receive. It will be even more so.

“She has to keep her head down, continue to enjoy tennis. I’m sure she’s looking forward to the grass. I think it’s one of her best surfaces, too. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

“She is very mature, very well spoken and hopefully she can let her tennis talk at Wimbledon. She played great there last year.”

Cameron Norrie on Emma Raducanu

He continued: “At the age of 19, I did different things than she does now. She has to deal with much more stressful situations and bigger moments than I did at the same age.

“I was in college enjoying myself and living a more normal life.

“She is very mature, very talkative and hopefully she can let her tennis talk at Wimbledon. She played great there last year.

“Hopefully she can use the home crowd to her advantage – people will love her.”

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