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Emma Radukanou jokes about Australian Open hype and harsh pre-test publicity by Sloane Stevens

Emma Raducanou refers to a new ad that features her hitting the ball with words like “distracted” and “accident” flashing behind her ahead of the first round of the Australian Open; Radukanu, who competed at the Sydney Tennis Classic, will play Sloane Stevens on Tuesday.

Last update: 01.15.22, 10:14


Emma Radukanou will face Sloane Stevens in the first round of the Australian Open.

Emma Radukanou ridiculed the hyperbole surrounding her in ads ahead of the Australian Open and now she hopes her tennis will speak in Melbourne Park.

In ads for her Nike sponsors, an energetic Radukanu kicks a ball with words like “distracted,” “perfect,” “accident,” and “one-hit miracle” flashing behind her.

It was hard to find a prospect after the teen’s fabulous US Open triumph, when predictions of world domination were quickly followed by accusations of focusing too much on off-court action when she failed to immediately confirm the title in her first steps. on the WTA Tour.

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

The 2022 season got off to a bad start for Radukan when she won just one game against Elena Rybakina at the Sydney Tennis Classic earlier this week.

But a significant caveat was that the No. 1 Brit had just returned to full training following an untimely bout of coronavirus that kept her off the court for three weeks.

Since then, she has been training at Melbourne Park with new coach Torben Balz and hopes she can do better in a very difficult first round match against former US Open champion Sloane Stevens on Tuesday.

Radukanu, seeded 17th, said: “It’s a tough challenge to try and find a balance between wanting to go out and exercising a lot right after coming out of lockdown, but if you overdo the clock after doing nothing for 20 days you always start picking up petty quibbles.

“The first week I couldn’t train that much. But after Sydney, the match, it was just nice to see where I was at that moment in time. practical judgment.

“In fact, I feel that there is progress. All I want to see is that I get a little better and I feel better. I think I’m slowly getting there.”

Andrew Castle thinks Radukan needs to bounce back from her historic win at the US Open.  The Briton played to a draw with Sloane Stevens of the USA in the first round of the Australian Open.

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Andrew Castle thinks Radukan needs to bounce back from her historic win at the US Open. The Briton played to a draw with Sloane Stevens of the USA in the first round of the Australian Open.

Andrew Castle thinks Radukan needs to bounce back from her historic win at the US Open. The Briton played to a draw with Sloane Stevens of the USA in the first round of the Australian Open.

This will be her fifth tournament since the US Open, and in the previous four she managed to get only two victories, having lost the opening match three times.

Inconsistency is to be expected given Radukan’s inexperience, as evidenced by the fact that she lost in the first round of the juniors in her only previous appearance at Melbourne Park three years ago, while 12 months ago she was watching
televised tournament while she was preparing for the A Levels.

The teenager knows that she has a big goal of becoming a Grand Slam champion, but she is trying to lighten the burden.

“It seems to me that because of the last few months that I’ve had, maybe I haven’t played as much as I would have liked and trained so much,” she said.

“I feel like there’s really no pressure on me. I feel like I’m just happy to be here and rock. I had to overcome several obstacles to play here, so I just want to go there, have fun and enjoy (being) on ​​the court.

“I would say the biggest problem is patience. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. Whether it’s practice or off the court, I always want to be the best I can be. Sometimes it’s just not very viable.

“I just need to relax. As long as the trend is up, just because of small fluctuations, I think I can be proud. Whatever the challenge, I feel ready to take it on right now.”

Former British tennis star Barry Cowan says Radukanou is still learning his game and that expectations for the Australian Open are high.

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Former British tennis star Barry Cowan says Radukanou is still learning his game and that expectations for the Australian Open are high.

Former British tennis star Barry Cowan says Radukanou is still learning his game and that expectations for the Australian Open are high.

Stevens’ career has been full of ups and downs, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open nine years ago at the age of 19, falling down the rankings due to poor form and injury, only to win the US Open title.
no seeding in 2017.

She dropped to 68th in the rankings and is playing her first tournament of the season since marrying soccer player Josie Altidore in Florida on New Year’s Day.

However, Stevens remains a formidable opponent and usually excels in the big games, beating Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys, Koko Gauff and Karolina Pliskova in last season’s slams.

“I saw Sloan win the US Open,” Radukan told. “Actually, last year I ran into her. Obviously, you won’t win a Grand Slam without being very capable.

“I think it will definitely be a tough match. I’m going to go out and enjoy the match because just playing in this Grand Slam, I had to work so hard to be here.”

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