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Raducanu sweating on health forward of Australian Open

Emma Raducanu mentioned she is attempting to not “expect too much” as she bids to return to full health in time for subsequent week’s Australian Open after rolling her ankle in a tune-up occasion final week.

Former US Open champion Raducanu retired at 6-0, 5-7 in her second-round match in opposition to Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova on the WTA 250 Auckland Traditional. She swept the primary set in 22 minutes however faltered within the second and had her left ankle examined throughout a medical time-out earlier than leaving court docket in tears.

The Australian Open begins on January 16.

‘One day at a time’

“I’m just taking a day at a time, honestly, and just trying to, every single day try as best as possible to see and make progress,” the 20-year-old instructed Tennis Australia in an interview revealed on Monday.

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“And we’ll see hopefully by Monday, or whenever the tournament starts, I’ll be O.K. and ready. But we’re just taking it a day at a time and not trying to expect too much at this point.

“It was really unfortunate, to be honest last week, because I was feeling great about my season and I was feeling really good with the preparation I did physically. And I just had an accident on the court, which I don’t know what I could have done to really prevent that.”

After her harm, Raducanu mentioned the indoor courts on the match in Auckland have been too slippery, with match director Nicolas Lamperin responding by saying they have been “fit to play.”

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