The 2021 US Open champion returned at the start of the season after being out since April last year. This was due to serious wrist and ankle injuries, which both required surgery to ensure a full recovery.
She made a very positive start to the tournament in Abu Dhabi. Raducanu easily defeated Marie Bouzkova in straight sets. It was undoubtedly the best match she has played since her comeback to tennis.
Raducanu has said she feels results will inevitably come if she keeps working hard. It may only be one match in a long season, but her extremely impressive performance does support the confidence she has in her ability.
Before that triumph in the first round, the Brit spoke to the local publication Arab News about her game and the season as a whole, and she made some very interesting comments.
Raducanu said that she would love to win a tournament if that was possible. Although she would love for that to come this season, the 21-year-old is conservative and says she would be happy if it came next season, either.
"I would love to win a tournament. That's one goal. Whether it comes this year or next year, I think that's one of my goals. But also just seeing my level improve."
However, the Grand Slam winner does add a caveat to this goal. Raducanu says she has probably chased winning tournaments too much in the past, and this may have impacted her game. Hence, a healthy want to win a tournament is what she is looking for.
Raducanu then discusses more general topics outside of tennis. These include how she tries to learn the local culture when she travels, her love of reading, and her reaction to Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari in the world of Formula 1.
"I was pretty surprised, I think, like everybody. But I think Lewis has helped me a lot over the years, so I think, good for him."
Observing Raducanu's outlook since her recovery from that terrible injury setback continues to be fascinating and will continue to be throughout 2024.