Emma Raducanu spoke after her defeat at the Australian Open, saying that she took a lot of positives from her tournament run.
Raducanu couldn’t win her second Grand Slam in Australia to add to her stunning US Open win. She fell 6-4 4-6 6-3 to Danka Kovinic and exited the tournament earlier than expected.
The 19-year-old was one of the favourites to take the tournaments, but with her exit, it is now blown wide open. However, she played through blisters on her right hand and earned the respect of fans watching.
Raducanu spoke after her defeat at the Australian Open, saying that even in defeat, she was happy to take away a few positives.
“I really enjoy playing the Grand Slams, I think that the takeaway is (it’s) tough,” she said, as quoted by France 24.
“I still think I can take some positives out of it. You know, I did discover elements of my game I didn’t know I had before, and I can use that going forward. And also, I just know that I’ve got that fight in me, even if I have got, like, one shot, I know that I can pull myself out of deep situations.”
“I definitely think that the variety helps. I think that maybe some of the girls aren’t used to it,” the youngster continued.
“That was probably an element of surprise for my opponent who wasn’t expecting me to be doing that. It was pretty effective, so if I can mix that with my aggressive game style, I think that would be a really good and dangerous combination going forward.
“It definitely took its toll towards the end of the third set. I was really feeling it physically.
“I’m going to for sure get fit just playing tournaments week in, week out. I was on court for two hours 40 (minutes), so that’s got to do something for my fitness. But I really feel like I need to dedicate some time to it, as well.”