Raducanu looks to build on positive clay debut
Up until last week, US Open champion Emma Raducanu had never played a tour-level tournament on clay. Ever.
The British teenager reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart on her clay debut last week, where she gave Swiatek a run for her money before falling to the world No.1.
After announcing her decision to part ways with German coach Torben Beltz, Raducanu assures she is confident in how she is doing things in practice – supported by LTA coach Iain Bates – and has taken many positives from her week in Stuttgart.
“For me, it’s one of the nicer surfaces because I’ve got the moving element of clay, which I actually quite enjoy, and also the quickness of the court, it was still very fast. It played like an indoor hard court really and I really enjoyed that,” said Raducanu, who plays Tereza Martincova in the first round on Friday.
“But I think what clicked last week for sure was my serving. I was serving a lot better, my first serve, getting some cheap points, which I maybe haven’t always been able to get in high percentages. And also just trying to play freer and looser in terms of just going for the opportunity as soon as it presents itself.”