April 22, 2022
Emma Raducanu is back in the big time and enjoying the ultimate tennis challenge in Stuttgart.
The British teenager won the US Open last year and thrilled the world with her fun-loving approach to the game.
At times she has struggled with the pressures of fame and found consistency elusive.
But there are very encouraging signs in Germany.
Back-to-back wins from Raducanu have earned her the ultimate showdown.
Waiting in the quarter-finals is world number one Iga Swiatek.
And improving Raducanu can only learn by playing the very best.
Emma Raducanu v Iga Swiatek is a clash befitting Wimbledon 2022.
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Emma will want to hit peak form on grass this summer.
No one expects too much of Raducanu against Swiatek in Stuttgart, though.
Emma explained: ‘Of course she is in great form so it’s going to take a very high level from me to make it competitive.
‘I’m looking forward to going out there. She is number one in the world and she has won all the tournaments recently. I feel like I’ve got no pressure.’
Stuttgart has already been a success for Raducanu. She defeated Australian Storm Sanders 6-1, 6-2 in her opener.
Then she came out on top in the rollercoaster round of sixteen against Tamara Korpatsch.
The German player might have fancied her chances after taking the middle set. But Raducanu swept her aside 6-0, 2-6, 6-1. And that says everything about Emma’s character.
It’s going to be very tough for Raducanu against Swiatek. The only time they met before was at Junior Wimbledon in 2018.
The Pole beat Emma 6-0, 6-1 and went on to take the title.
Th Stuttgart showdown could be almost as one-sided if Swiatek comes out with all guns blazing.
But Raducanu likes being the underdog. And she has earned the right to take on the best after some amazing performances on clay.
Raducanu will keep learning all the way to Wimbledon 2022.
And then the supportive crowds will be worth at least a game or two in every match she plays!
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