Emma Raducanu is set to have a nightmare start in 2022, which could throw off her Australian Open plans.
Emma Raducanu will compete in her first Grand Slam since winning the US Open in September.
Emma Raducanu’s start to 2022 will undoubtedly be difficult after she was drawn in the first round of the Sydney Tennis Classic against world No. 9 and 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek.
The Sydney tournament provides a great warm-up for a number of stars ahead of the Australian Open later this month, but Raducanu has been put to the test in her event opener.
Following the effects of her COVID-19 recovery, the 19-year-old’s pre-Australian Open plans had already taken a major hit after she was forced to withdraw from another warm-up event in the Melbourne Summer Set.
Now she returns to the court, but she will face a tough opponent in Swiatek, who, unlike Raducanu, has already played a lot of matches in 2022.
As a result, the former French Open champion competed in the Adelaide International, winning three games against Daria Saville, Leylah Fernandez, and Victoria Azarenka.
The 20-year-old’s tournament came to an end in the semi-finals, when she was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by world No. 1 Ash Barty.
Despite the loss, the world No. 9 has plenty of experience in comparison to Raducanu, who hasn’t competed in a competitive event in nearly two months.
Of course, with such a difficult task ahead of her, the 19-year-old will face an uphill battle to reach the tournament’s last 16, and if she fails to do so, she will arrive in Melbourne with only two wins since winning the US Open in September.
Raducanu stunned the world with her record-breaking victory at Flushing Meadows last year, catapulting her to the top of the women’s tennis world.
Despite having won a Grand Slam, American legend Pam Shriver believes the 19-year-old will need more time to reach her full potential.
“I think 2022 will continue to be a challenge for her,” Shriver told the WTA website.
“I believe 2023 will be the year when we have a better understanding of her consistency level.”
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