Emma Raducanu is set to extend her journey of resurgence at the Abu Dhabi Open, a prestigious WTA 500 event scheduled to kick off on Monday (February 5).
After enduring a challenging 2023 season marked by injuries, including minor surgeries on both wrists, Raducanu’s return to competitive tennis began in earnest last month in Australia.
Despite a mixed 2-2 win-loss record in her initial tournaments Down Under, the British sensation remains steadfast in her determination to regain her peak performance.
In an interview with The National ahead of her Abu Dhabi campaign, Raducanu emphasized her continuous evolution as a player, viewing herself as a work in progress rather than a finished product. She emphasized her commitment to honing her skills and focusing on improvement, prioritizing the process over immediate results.
“I’m just trying to improve my game because I’m not the finished product,” remarked Emma Raducanu. “Far from it. I feel like now is the time to start because I’ve had some illness and injuries over a couple of years since [winning the US Open].” She added, “So I’m looking forward to working on my game, improving my level and the results will take care of themselves.”
While acknowledging the disappointment of her performance in the past two years since her historic victory at the 2021 US Open, Raducanu remains optimistic about the future. “In a way, it’s frustrating that the last couple of years haven’t been how I’ve wanted but I think we take a lesson from everything and now is the time to start that work, and I’m really enjoying it,” she reflected.