Jo Durie, a former British No. 1, acknowledges that she is unsure of what to anticipate from Emma Raducanu at the US Open, but she also believes the 19-year-old could achieve some noteworthy performances during the North American hard court swing. Raducanu made tennis history a year ago when she became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
Since her shocking victory at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu, who will return to the US Open as the defending champion, hasn’t won any championships. Raducanu has had a lot of difficulty with her game and injuries during the past 11 months.
Durie told Tennis365 that “she’s back on her favorite surface, the hard courts.” “It’s hot and steamy, and Emma can now attack because she like the way the ball moves. She’s had a lot of terrible injuries, but I just hope she becomes stronger and can handle things a little better physically.
She was incredible last year, so I’m not sure what to anticipate from her this year as the defending winner at the US Open. She will always be able to boast about winning a Grand Slam, which is the ultimate goal in tennis.
Raducanu is not yet a lost cause for Durie.
Raducanu, who is 19 years old, is taking part in her first complete WTA Tour season.
Iga Swiatek is the only WTA player who has been playing consistently since Ashleigh Barty’s retirement. Durie pointed out that Swiatek is the dominant player in the women’s game, and that when she is absent, any player in the top 20 can win the championship.
“There are different champions if you look week to week and even at the Grand Slams. Currently, everyone is playing Iga Swiatek, and there is a significant score differential between positions one and two. However, the top 20 players are aware that anyone may win the event week after week.
Why not during a Grand Slam?” added Durie. This week in Washington, Raducanu began her summer on hard courts, where she advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Liudmila Samsonova.