Emma Raducanu takes impressive victory at Indian Wells but still isn’t ‘pain free’
Emma Raducanu claimed back-to-back wins for the first time since September as she advanced to the third round at Indian Wells on Saturday, but the youngster says she is still “pain free” after a series of injuries and illnesses. is not His season debut
The 20-year-old defeated world number 21 Magda Linnet 7-6 (7-3) 6-2, her highest-ranked opponent since winning the 2021 US Open.
Since that historic Grand Slam victory, Radukanu has been plagued by an endless series of injuries and illnesses as she dropped from world No. 10 in July 2022 to world No. 77 this week.
“I had to dig really deep against Magda because her level was so high,” Raducanu later said, according to the BBC.
“The wrist is not completely pain free. But I gritted my teeth a bit and it’s good to be able to win matches at this level despite the challenges I’ve had in the last few weeks.
Along with a long-term wrist injury that hampered his last season, Radukanu suffered an ankle injury before the Australian Open while tonsillitis forced him to withdraw from the Austin Open last month.
“Sometimes you wonder, like, how is that possible?” he told reporters, according to Reuters.
“But then pretty soon I think you make your own destiny. It works both ways. I also won the US Open. Sometimes I have to resort to bad luck because good luck has also come my way.
“I wouldn’t trade that title for the world. I’m willing to take whatever I want, knowing I have it in the bank. ”
Against Lynette, who reached the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open, Radukanu eventually came back from a 4–1 deficit in the first set to win in two.
Radukanu will now face 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Mia of Brazil for a place in the last 16.