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Emma Raducanu: US Open champion prepares for Wimbledon, Cameron Norrie says she should ’embrace’ her return | tennis news

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Emma Raducanu will be in the spotlight as she plays at Nottingham and Wimbledon as a Grand Slam winner, Britain’s No. 1 and bearer of a nation’s hopes; Their ranking will suffer as WTA points are revoked at the All England Club

Last updated: 05/30/22 11:51 am

Emma Raducanu returns home for the grass season

Emma Raducanu returns home for the grass season

Emma Raducanu is set to return home for the grass season, with Nottingham top of the agenda as she intensifies her preparations for Wimbledon.

First is rest time for the 19-year-old from Kent, who saw her Parisian adventure come to an end at Roland Garros through Aliaksandra Sasnovich, world No. 47 from Belarus.

She has plenty of positives to take away from the clay court season, and a 6-5 win-loss record is nothing to scoff at as she played her first professional match on the surface just last month.

“There were some really encouraging signs in terms of what I expected of her on the sand. I saw someone still trying to find her feet. Was it a surprise that she lost to Sasnovich? I’d say no. Me would say their real rank is around 50. I see someone trying to add areas to their game, which I understand, but you don’t want to deviate from your strengths, and Raducanu is someone who won’t beat top players with zero power .She is someone who will win games with her excellent timing, intelligence on the pitch and fighting spirit.”

Barry Cowan on Raducanu’s clay court journey

Now Raducanu’s attention is turning back to the grass, Wimbledon – where her meteoric rise began – and returns to England as the reigning US Open champion.

She confirmed on Monday she would take a wildcard to play at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham, which starts on June 6 and will follow a week later with the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham, where Britain’s No. 7 champions take part.

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens will join Raducanu – the most senior player in a field – at Edgbaston Priory Club.

“It will be really nice to go home and play on home turf,” she said.

“It will be a bit strange at first because I’ve been playing on clay for so long now that I feel like it’s been weeks.

“If I go onto a grass pitch, for example, I’ll probably be a bit shocked at first. But I’m really looking forward to playing at home in front of the fans and just all the support.

“Last year I got a little taste of that, but I feel like this year could be a little bit more. I’m just really looking forward to the atmosphere that will be there.”

Depending on how far Raducanu gets in Nottingham and Birmingham, we could see her back in action at the WTA 500 Rothesay International in Eastbourne.

Defending champions Ostapenko will be joined by Barbora Krejcikova, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa, Annet Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur in the star-studded tournament, taking place at Devonshire Park from 18-25 June.

Then it’s time for Wimbledon (June 27-July 10), where her spectacular rise began with her stunning run to the fourth round last year.

“She’s going to have very high expectations of herself on turf and I imagine there’s going to be big publicity everywhere she goes. Their game is more suited to the grass and faster hard courts. There are some encouraging signs, but I think the coaching situation is something that really needs to be sorted out. Your ranking at the end of the year is irrelevant. It’s about if she’s a better player and a stronger player at the end of 2022 than at the beginning of 2021?”

Barry Cowan looks ahead to Raducanu’s grass season

Her Wimbledon points currently make up the second-highest points in her rankings, but she will not be able to defend them this summer as the WTA revokes the tournament’s ranking points after the All England Club banned Russian and Belarusian players from participating.

“I would have loved the opportunity to defend points that come out,” she said. “But I’m just focused on what I’m here for. I’m here to play tennis.

“I don’t want to get involved because it’s not my place at all. I’m sure there have been a lot of discussions and it wasn’t an easy decision. I think I’m really looking forward to playing again.” at the championship in front of a home crowd.”

Raducanu should ’embrace’ Wimbledon attention.

Cameron Norrie has urged Raducanu to 'embrace' the spotlight she will be under at this year's Wimbledon

Cameron Norrie has urged Raducanu to ’embrace’ the spotlight she will be under at this year’s Wimbledon

Early exits at the Australian and French Open may have dampened expectations a bit, but Britain’s men’s No.1 Cameron Norrie says the focus will remain on the Kent youngster.

“She got a lot of attention after the US Open – I don’t think it will get any easier around Wimbledon,” said the 26-year-old.

“Hopefully she will go and accept it. She knows exactly how much attention she’s going to get. There will be more.

“She needs to keep her head down, keep enjoying the tennis, I’m sure she’s looking forward to the grass. I think it’s also one of her best surfaces. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

“She’s very mature, speaks very well and hopefully can let her tennis do the talking at Wimbledon. She played great there last year.”

Cameron Norrie on Emma Raducanu

He continued: “When I was 19, I was doing different things than they are now. She has to deal with a lot more pressure and bigger moments than I did at the same age.

“I was in college and enjoying living a more normal life.

“She’s very mature, very articulate and hopefully she can let her tennis do the talking at Wimbledon. She played great there last year.

“Hopefully she can use the home crowd to her advantage – people will love her.”

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