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Emma Raducanu Hoping To Play Rome Despite ‘Niggles’

The US Open champion says she is ‘feeling positive’ despite being knocked out of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.




Undeterred Emma Raducanu believes there is a silver lining to her third round exit from the Madrid Open on Wednesday in what was only her second WTA event on the clay.

The world No.11 was knocked out of the draw by Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina who prevailed 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, after more than two hours of play. Raducanu came into the match with just four WTA wins on the surface so far in her young career. On top of that, the 19-year-old admitted that she was also dealing with some physical issues during her time in the Spanish capital. Playing Kalinina, she took a medical time out in the first set and another during the decider.

Putting her latest encounter into context, Raducanu admits that she gave herself only a ‘five per cent’ chance of winning against the world No.37 who didn’t break into the world’s top 50 until this season. Revealing that she had been experiencing some ‘niggles’ in recent weeks.

“I would have given myself a five per cent chance of winning that match, and for it to almost happen, I think that was a positive thing,” Raducanu said during her press conference.
“I was kind of struggling a bit with my back, to be honest. Throughout the week I have been carrying some niggles, and it’s kind of just taking its toll, all of the matches at this kind of level.
“I think that’s a good thing that I feel like I’m going through this and my body is building with each match I play.”

Despite the minor issues Raducanu still has her eyes set on playing at next week’s Italian Open in Rome. Another WTA 1000 event which is the last top tournament to take place before the French Open later this month. According to the ITF, she has never played a tournament of any sort in Italy.

“I’m not sure what I will do yet, whether I will go home yet or straight to Rome. The plan right now is to still go to Rome,” Raducanu said of her next plans.
“I’m not sure when I start. Maybe Monday or Tuesday. I hope it’s enough time because it would be a real shame to miss it.
“I’m feeling pretty positive. A lot of the time with me it’s just overload and then two or three days’ complete rest and I’m OK to start training again.”

Raducanu was mentored in Madrid by Iain Bates who currently serves as the head of women’s tennis for the LTA. Bates stepped in following the departure of Torben Beltz who left after what was only a short stint with the US Open champion. The search for a replacement is still ongoing with Riccardo Piatti, who previously worked with Jannik Sinner and various other top names, being one of the leading contenders.

Following her Madrid exit, the Brit now has a win-loss record of 6-7 this season on the WTA Tour. Raducanu is yet to win three consecutive matches since her historic triumph at the US Open where she became the first qualifier in history tio clinch the title.

Raducanu’s 2022 so far


  • WTA Sydney: lost to Elena Rybakina 0-6, 1-6 in the first round
  • Australian Open: defeated Sloane Stephens in three sets before losing in the second round to Danka Kovinic.


  • Lost in the first round of the Guadalajara Open to Daria Saville (former world No.1 junior and top 20 player).


  • At Indian Wells she received a first round bye and beat Carolina Garcia 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, in her opening match. In round three she lost to Petra Martin.
  • Miami: Suffered a first round loss to Katerina Siniakova after failing to close out a 5-3 lead in the decider.


  • Made her debut in the Billie Jean King Cup in Britain’s clash with the Czech Republic. She registered one win and one loss during the tie
  • Stuttgart: in her first ever WTA event on clay Raducanu reached the quarter-finals before falling in straight sets to world No.1 Iga Swiatek.


  • Madrid: scores back-to-back wins for a second tournament in a row before losing in the third round to Kalinina.


Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Krejcikova Comes Alive With Her Serve To Win 12th Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon



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It must have seemed like the whole world was against her when Barbora Krejcikova served for the match for a third time against crowd favorite Jasmine Paolini.

But Krejcikova was only going for her 12th Grand Slam title. She was well prepared.

So, she released her patented way-out-wide serve to the smallish Paolini’s backhand, and the best the Italian could do was get her racket on the ball enough to return the serve far off the court, long and wide.


The weight of the world was gone as Krejcikova threw her arms over her head and calmly walked to the net to greet the Wimbledon runner-up.

Now, Krejcikova was half-way home to a career Grand Slam in singles. She already owns a career Grand Slam in doubles among her dozen Grand Slam titles that also include one mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

She has won the hard ones, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass.

At 28 years old, anything must look possible to this 5-10 Czech.


Paolini simply was out played in a second straight Grand Slam final, on clay and on grass. Now she faces the real tests, two straight Grand Slam tournaments on hard surfaces that might not be overly friendly to the 5-4 Paolini.

But there it was, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova on Wimbledon’s famed Center Court.

After what might be called a throw-away second set for Krejcikova, she came alive in the third set, pinning Paolini to the deep corners while nailing low hard-hit balls to both corners.

Krejcikova got off to 40-0 starts on her first four service games of the decisive set and ended all four with service winners to take a 5-3 lead (with the aid of the only service break of the third set). She yielded only one point in those four service games, a double fault at 40-0 that was followed by an ace.

Of course, it was the serve again that saved the day for Krejcikova and gave her set points two and three, then sealed the deal for a spot in Wimbledon history.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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