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Raducanu: Moving Freely, Ready for Roland Garros

By Alberto Amalfi | Friday, May 19, 2022

Emma Raducanu is ready for her Roland Garros debut.

The 19-year-old Raducanu took treatment for a sore back before pulling the plug while trailing Bianca Andreescu 6-2, 2-1 in her Rome opener on May 10th.

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Raducanu told the media in Paris today her back has improved, she's moving freely and feels good to go for Paris.

"Last week after Rome, the match, I mean, I definitely had to slow down that week," Raducanu told the media in Paris. "But this week I have been training and luckily being able to practice all of the shots.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to continuing that, and it feels good to be able to move freely and just like run around. You know, it's quite fun."

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The 12th-ranked Briton has posted a 5-4 clay-court record this season.

Raducanu will face 17-year-old Czech qualifier Linda Noskova, the Roland Garros girls' champion, in her opener.

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Despite her limited clay-court experience, Raducanu believes dirt could someday be her best surface when she fully learns how to adapt her skills to the terre battue.

"I have definitely learnt that I can kind of adapt to this surface much faster than I probably thought, and about how to stay in the point and, you know, I think my movement on defense has also improved a bit," Raducanu said. "Just, you know, when to play with spin and when to actually hit it hard.

"You know, you don't have to always just grind it out. Sometimes you can put your hard court game on a clay court, as well. It's just finding the balance. I think that clay definitely teaches you that."

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