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Emma Radocano addresses a new ad – where she sees her hitting balls with words like “distractor” and “lucky” flashing behind her – ahead of the first round of the Australian Open; Raducano, who struggled in the Sydney Tennis Classic, faces Sloane Stephens on Tuesday

Last update: 1/15/22 10:14 AM


Emma Raducano faces Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open

Emma Radocano has ridiculed her exaggeration in a pointed ad on the eve of the Australian Open, and now she’s hoping her tennis can speak in Melbourne Park.

In the promotion for its sponsors Nike, Raducanu hits balls hard while words such as “distracting”, “perfect”, “luck” and “one-hit wonders” appear.

It was hard to find perspective in the wake of the teen’s fictional victory at the US Open, with expectations of world domination soon followed by accusations of focusing too much on off-court activities when she failed to immediately cement the title in her first steps on the WTA Tour.

Speaking at her pre-tournament press conference in Australia, the 19-year-old couldn’t hide a smile as she said of the ad: “I think the video speaks for itself. That’s how I feel. That’s it, full stop.”

The 2022 season had an inauspicious start for Raducanu when she won just one match against Elena Rybakina at the Sydney Tennis Classic earlier this week.

But the important caveat was that Britain’s No. 1 player had just returned to full training after an ill-timed bout with the coronavirus that kept her off the field for three weeks.

She has since been practicing at Melbourne Park with new coach Turpin Peltz and is optimistic she will be able to do better in a very tough first round match against former US Open champion Sloane Stephens on Tuesday.

“It’s a challenge to try to find the balance between wanting to get out there and exercising a lot right after you come out of solitude, but if you overdo it hours after doing nothing for 20 days you always start picking up on the little noises,” said 17th seed Raducanu.

“The first week I didn’t get to practice much. But, after Sydney, the match, it was good to see where I was at that time. After that, I went out to clear a few things on court practice.

“I actually feel like there’s been progress. All I want to see is I’m getting a little bit better and feeling better. I think I’m gradually getting there.”

Andrew Castle feels Radocano needs to rebuild after her historic US Open victory.  The British draw against the United States, Sloane Stephens, in the first round of the Australian Open

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Andrew Castle feels Radocano needs to rebuild after her historic US Open victory. Britain has been drawn against the United States by Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open

Andrew Castle feels Radocano needs to rebuild after her historic US Open victory. Britain has been drawn against the United States by Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open

This will be her fifth tournament since the US Open, and in the previous four she’s only had two wins, losing her opening match three times.

A discrepancy is to be expected given Raducanu’s inexperience, which is evidenced by the fact that she lost in the first round of the rookies in her only previous appearance at Melbourne Park three years ago, while she watched 12 months ago.
Tournament on TV while she was preparing for her A Levels.

The teenage girl knows she has a big goal in her bag as a Grand Slam champion but she’s trying to lighten the load.

“I feel that because of the last few months I’ve had it, I may not have played as much as I would have liked and trained as much,” she said.

“I feel like there’s actually no pressure on me. I feel happy to be here and have a swing. I had to jump some hurdles to play here, so I just want to go out there and have fun and enjoy (being) on ​​the court.”

“I would say the biggest challenge is being patient. I’m a perfectionist. Whether it’s training, whether it’s off the field, I want to be my best all the time. Sometimes that just isn’t workable.

“I just need to relax. As long as the trend is going up, just a matter of little ups and downs, I think I’d be proud. Whatever the challenge, I feel ready to take it now.”

Former British tennis star Barry Kwan said Radocano is still learning her game and expectations are high ahead of the Australian Open

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Former British tennis star Barry Kwan said Radocano is still learning her game and expectations are high ahead of the Australian Open

Former British tennis star Barry Kwan said Radocano is still learning her game and expectations are high ahead of the Australian Open

Stevens had had a career of extreme highs and lows, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals nine years ago at the age of 19, dropping down the rankings due to a combination of poor form and injury only to clinch the US Open title.
Uncategorized in 2017.

She slipped to 68 in the world rankings and is playing her first tournament of the season after marrying soccer player Jozy Altidore in Florida on New Year’s Day.

Stevens remains a serious opponent and usually rises to the occasion in the big matches, defeating Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys, Coco Gauff and Karolina Pliskova in the Grand Slam last season.

“I watched Sloan win the US Open,” said Radocano. “I hit it last year actually. You obviously don’t win a Grand Slam without being very capable.

“I think it’s going to be a tough match for sure. I’m going out there and enjoying the match because, just to play in this Grand Slam, I had to work really hard to be here.”

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