Emma Raducanu | Despite a great improvement Raducanu falls short versus Gauff

Andrew Francis in Australian Open 18 Jan 2023
Emma Raducanu reacts (Photo credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo)

Emma Raducanu’s hopes of a second Grand Slam title will have to wait til at least the summer now as the Brit departs Melbourne Park follwoing a second round defeat to Coco Gauff.

The teenage sensation sent shockwaves around the tennis world with her fairy-tale triumph at the 2021 US Open without dropping a single set.

However, a combination of solid defence from Gauff and a few too many unforced errors meant that the young Briton exits at the same stage of the 2023 Australian Open as she did in 2022.

Despite coming into the tournament nursing an ankle injury Raducanu showed very few signs of discomfort on the court in a free-swinging display. Indeed, Raducanu had two set points at the end of the second set to take the match into a third in which she would’ve had the initial momentum. It was a match decided by fine margins.

Nevertheless Raducanu can be encouraged from this display and now has the opportunity to appropriately plan the the first part of the season with the freedom of knowing that she is healthy and in decent form for the first time for a long time on tour.


 

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