British professional tennis player Emma Raducanu’s great year ended after a disappointing loss in three sets, 6-1, 6-7, 7-5, to Chinese Wang Xinyu at the Linz Open.
Raducanu arrived as seeded on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 for the tennis showdown, but Wang was inspired. The game began the first set with Wang hitting 13 winners and only three unforced errors, in the second set Emma offered a lot of determination and courage in which she quickly took a tiebreaker, but the problem with her hip arose in the middle. of the decisive group, and left her unable to move freely. Even when he went to take a medical break, it was not enough to solve the problem.
“I thought Xinyu played extremely well, especially in that first set, and I’m proud of the way I struggled to try to get back into the match. Everything was going her way and she was playing extremely well, so a lot of credit to her for maintaining that level on the court. In the third set, I had a hip spasm at the first point of that game and from there I was just struggling to try to stay in it, ”Raducanu said after the match, as reported by BBC Sport.
The promising teenager who was ranked among the top 10 tennis players in the world and number one in Britain earlier this week and entered the tournament as the first seed put it before the game: “I’ve been pretty busy since the US Open, I’ve been enjoying everything. but I made it very, very clear to each and every one of the people on my team that I was not going to cancel any training session or practice for any commitment off the court. That was something non-negotiable for me ”.
It may be recalled that Raducanu has been traveling through coachless matches after parting ways with Andrew Richardson in September, but that is coming to a quick end when he announced Torben Beltz as his new coach after the match. She has been looking for a very experienced WTA tour coach and Beltz fits into this project having worked with Kerber and Croatian Donna Vekie for many years.
“Obviously he [Torben Beltz] he has worked with Kerber, who is a great player and won three slams, “Raducanu told The Telegraph. .
She added: “I think the experience definitely helps, with someone as experienced as me. He can help guide me, through whom I feel really safe … He is also a very positive and cheerful guy who brings great energy to the team and I think that is also important when you are traveling on the road for quite some time on tour . .
“Obviously, it is a great privilege to work with such an experienced coach. I’m definitely very excited to be working with him during the preseason and next year. Things are looking up, it’s a very positive feeling and I’m excited for all the work to come, ”said Raducanu.
Although Raducanu now has a new coach, he was smart about doing a quick self-assessment, identifying where he needs to improve.
“A lot has happened this year,” he told BBC Sport after last night’s game.
“[To have gone from] where it was in January, February, March compared to now, I mean, I would have taken it. But I think obviously I learned how much space I have to develop physically and what it really means to play on the road week after week. Because clearly my body is still trying to catch up. Honestly, I was quite happy with the level I put on and tried to fight back. But all these players are good and the margins are very good. Real experience is something that I have always lacked, and currently I am lacking a bit. “
With a new coach by Raducanu’s side, as well as the love of his family and friends, his 19th birthday, which is November 13, promises to be great.
By Chidinma Okoro
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