Emma Raducanu blames a STIFF BACK for crashing out of Indian Wells in another early tournament exit… as British No 1 admits ‘I’ve just got to get stronger’ amid spate of injuries since winning the US Open
Emma Raducanu believes a stiff back was responsible for her round-of-32 exit at Indian Wells against Croatia’s Petra Martic.
The 19-year-old crashed out in the early stages of yet another tournament after being beaten 6-7 6-4 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open by the experienced world No 79.
The British No 1 however was unable to give her all due to a back injury, continuing the series of injuries she has suffered since creating history by winning the US Open last year.
Emma Raducanu believes a stiff back was responsible for her exit at Indian Wells
Raducanu was beaten 6-7 6-4 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open by Petra Martic
But the world No 13 insisted ‘she has just got to get stronger’ after suffering a stiff back which she claims came as a result of heavy physical demands in training and the intensity of Saturday’s win against Caroline Garcia in the round of 64.
‘I think it’s just part of not playing and having so much stop-start and having five, six days to prepare for matches and then playing at that intensity,’ Raducanu said.
‘It was a tough one not being able to serve full out so I was having to work so hard just to hold. I’ve just got to get stronger.
‘I’ve had it (stiff back) for the last few days, just a product of training hard and probably the last match was pretty intense too and it didn’t settle down.
The world No 13 and British No 1 however was unable to give her all due to a back injury
‘When you are crossing your fingers to hold serve every time, it’s tough. I couldn’t really drive up and I was kind of struggling to turn and reach. The margins were so small.’
Raducanu however added she expects to be fit for the Miami Open, which gets going next week.
But she will hope that she can finally put the spate of fitness issues she has suffered in her nascent career and particularly since winning at Flushing Meadows in September behind her.
Raducanu defied fears she would not make the BNP Paribas Open, one of the biggest tournaments on the WTA Tour.
That was because she suffered a hip injury in a marathon match against Australia’s Daria Saville in the WTA 250 tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, last month.
She suffered a hip injury in a marathon match against Daria Saville in Mexico last month
She was also hampered by blisters at the Australian Open, losing in the second round
Raducanu also revealed she was ill when losing in the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open to Marta Kostyuk, claiming she felt ‘quite tired and lethargic’ during the match against the Ukrainian.
Her injury problems have also extended to Grand Slam tournaments too, with blisters hampering and ultimately contributing to her second-round defeat at the Australian Open to Danka Kovinic.
A bout of coronavirus also disrupted her first proper pre-season following her achievement in New York of becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
Moreover, breathing difficulties forced Raducanu to retire from her fourth-round meeting with Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon last year.
Her nascent career has been injury-blighted ever since winning the US Open in September
She was forced to retire from her fourth-round clash at Wimbledon due to breathing difficulties