Emma Raducanu has “hope” to play the Australian Open, despite an injury a few days before the start of the tournament.
The 20-year-old was left in tears after rolling her ankle during her second round match at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
It was a frustrating situation for the 2021 US Open winner, who saw her 2022 season ended early with a wrist injury.
Raducanu has spent months training to be ready for the new season, even working with Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green, only for a freak injury to derail his plans.
“It was really unfortunate to be honest last week,” Raducanu told Tennis Australia, with an interview clip appearing to show her limping.
“I felt good in my season and I felt really good with the preparation that I did physically.
“I just had an accident on the pitch, and I don’t know what I could have done to avoid it, so I take it day by day honestly and every day I try the best I can. to see and make progress.
“Hopefully by Monday or whenever the tournament starts (for me) I’ll be fine and ready, but we’re just taking it one day at a time and not trying to expect too much at this stage. “
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Speaking after injuring her ankle, she accused the court of causing the problem.
She said: “The courts are incredibly smooth, very slippery, so it’s no surprise that this has happened to someone.
“It’s out of my control and after a very long day of waiting. But we will evaluate over the next few days and see what the next steps are.
The Australian Open starts on January 16 and Raducanu’s team initially hoped after his fall in Auckland that it was just a minor ankle sprain.
Melbourne reporters reported that the Briton practiced at the training ground on Monday but was only there for 30 minutes and hadn’t put much weight on her ankle.
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