Emma Raducanu has struggled to reside as much as sky-high expectancies since profitable her maiden Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows closing 12 months however the Briton says she isn’t frightened about her deficient shape and can play with out force on the Australian Open.
Raducanu, who faces American Sloane Stephens within the first spherical at Melbourne Park, turned into the primary qualifier to win a Grand Slam within the Open technology when she defeated Leylah Fernandez in New York closing September.
However she struggled to get on the subject of that shape in next tournaments with a sequence of early exits prompting complaint, whilst trying out certain for COVID-19 at Christmas additionally impacted her arrangements for the brand new season.
“I believe, as a result of the previous few months I’ve had, perhaps I haven’t performed up to I’d have appreciated to and educated such a lot,” mentioned Raducanu, who’s ranked seventeenth in Melbourne.
“I believe like there’s in reality no force on me. I’m simply glad to be right here and feature a swing. I needed to soar a couple of hurdles to play right here, so (I) simply need to move in the market and feature amusing and experience at the court docket.”
The nineteen-year-old performed her first fit of the 12 months in Sydney closing Tuesday and misplaced 6-0 6-1 to Kazakh Elena Rybakina, a defeat she put all the way down to rustiness moderately than any lingering results of COVID-19.
“It used to be certainly a loss of follow,” she mentioned. “I feel I performed perhaps six, seven, actually no longer many hours in any respect.
“I wasn’t examined bodily in that fit, the issues had been over so rapid.
“It’s going to be excellent to stay construction and spot. I’m recently feeling bodily excellent.”
Raducanu has been passed a tricky opening spherical draw towards 2017 U.S. Open winner Stephens, who’s ranked sixty fifth on the planet however has been as excessive as quantity 3.
“I watched Sloane win the U.S. Open,” mentioned Raducanu.
“I hit along with her closing 12 months in reality. Nice opponent. Clearly you don’t win a Grand Slam with out being very succesful.
“I feel it’s going to be a tricky fit evidently. I’m going to move in the market and benefit from the fit as a result of simply taking part in on this Grand Slam, I needed to paintings so laborious to be right here.”