Emma Raducanu looks back on the clay-court season and the last 12 months after leaving Roland-Garros | Tennis News


British No. 1 Emma Raducanu lost in the second round of the French Open to world No. 47 Aliaksandra Sasnovich; the 19-year-old says she’s come a long way in the last year and is now really looking forward to playing in front of fans in England

Last update: 05/25/22 4:11 p.m.

Emma Raducanu was eliminated from Roland-Garros in the second round

Emma Raducanu has taken stock of a positive clay-court season and a whirlwind 12 months, following her second-round exit at Roland-Garros.

Raducanu ran out of steam against World No. 47 Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the Suzanne Lenglen court to leave the Grand Slam tournament on Wednesday.

But when the Kent teenager was reminded that a year ago this week she was playing in a British Tour event at the Connaught Club in Essex, a month after passing her A-levels everything was put into perspective.

Since that moment 12 months ago, Raducanu has achieved an unlikely US Open title success in addition to reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and the second rounds in Paris and Australia.

“We were saying like with my team this morning, it’s been about a year since I returned to competitive tennis. I was playing a UK tour at Connaught,” Raducanu said.

“I think I’ve come a long way since then and I’m really excited to go around the second time around.

“I think this year was always going to be difficult for me to adapt, to find my bearings. There is always something new. Like I always ask where everything is – I have no idea where everything is .

“It’s going to be a lot more familiar this time around. I feel like in the last 12 months I’ve really grown a lot.

“I think it’s been a pretty positive year just because I’ve learned a lot, and I think the amount of learning I’ve done outweighs any kind of outcome.”

Raducanu finished his clay season with a 6-5 win-loss record

Raducanu finished his clay season with a 6-5 win-loss record

Raducanu can take a lot from her season on clay, and a 6-5 win-loss record is not to be discounted, considering she only played her first professional match on the surface last month.

“I thought it was quite a long game, quite physical too,” she said of her 3-6 6-1 6-1 loss to Sasnovich.

“I think my opponent played pretty well throughout and didn’t make any mistakes. It was a long game for me, but the whole clay season was pretty positive overall I would say.”

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Now Raducanu’s attention will turn the circle, back to grass and Wimbledon – where his meteoric rise began. She returns to the English courts and to grass as the current Grand Slam champion.

“It’s going to be really nice to come home and play at home, on grass at home,” she said. “It’s going to be a bit strange at first because I’ve been playing on clay for so long now, it feels like it’s been weeks.

“Like, going to a grass pitch, I’ll probably be a bit 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 tasted a bit of it, but I feel like this year could be a bit more. I’m really looking forward to seeing the atmosphere that will prevail.”

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