Raducanu Grateful To No Longer Be 'Bedridden Or In Wheelchair' Following Winning Return

Raducanu Grateful To No Longer Be 'Bedridden Or In Wheelchair' Following Winning Return

by Alex Waite

Emma Raducanu has expressed her relief at getting back onto the court after the British player marked her eight-month injury layoff with a victory at the 2024 ASB Classic.

Raducanu eventually won a hard-fought first-round clash in Auckland against her Romanian opponent, Elena-Gabriela Ruse, in three sets. The former US champion led by one set before Ruse hit back in the second, and Raducanu recovered to win the final set 7-5.

It was an important moment for the 21-year-old following a 2023 season disrupted by a dip in form, injuries and surgeries on her wrists and ankles.

In her post-match interview on court, Raducanu was visibly relieved to just be back on the court, let alone to make a winning start to her 2024 campaign, and she explained how important being back out on the court was to her at the ASB Classic.

"It’s difficult after having such a long hiatus. I’m grateful to be healthy and able to move my body. Not bedridden or in a wheelchair. It’s amazing to be out here and playing. I’m just really happy to be back on the tour. Can’t wait to start this season and carry on, hopefully injury-free and healthy."

After progressing past the first round without too many issues, Raducanu will be confident moving into round two, and the 21-year-old will be eager to build some momentum ahead of the 2024 Australian Open.

However, the British player faces a tough test in round two as she faces off against the experienced Elina Svitolina, who cruised past Caroline Wozniacki in her opening clash at the ASB Classic.

Whether Raducanu progresses to the latter stages in New Zealand or not, she will surely be pleased with getting back out onto the court and to competitive action. However, the 2021 US Open winner will be aware that there is still plenty of work ahead to rediscover her confidence and form.


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