Emma Raducanu says she’s going to “hopefully” be able to play on the Australian Open subsequent week, however is recovering from an ankle damage “at some point at a time”.
The England No 1 was pressured to withdraw from her second-round match in opposition to Viktoria Kuzmova on the ASB Basic in Auckland final week after twisting her left ankle.
The Australian Open started on Monday, January 16 in Melbourne, with Raducanu holding out hope that he may have an opportunity to enhance on reaching the second spherical in his main-image debut final yr.
“I simply take every day, truthfully, and simply attempt, each day attempt as a lot as potential to see and progress,” mentioned the 20-year-old in an interview with Australian tennis on Monday.
“And we’ll see hopefully on Monday, or every time the match begins, I will be OK and prepared.
“However we’re simply taking it at some point at a time and never attempting to get our hopes up an excessive amount of at this level.”
Dangerous climate in Auckland meant the match wherein Raducanu suffered the damage was performed indoors, with England initially blaming the “slick” and “very slippery” courtroom for the incident.
Auckland’s match director issued a response insisting the courtroom was secure, however Raducanu maintained little may have been performed to keep away from damage.
Raducanu ran wounded
December 2021 – Covid-19 contracts, out of Abu Dhabi and Melbourne Summer season Set.
January 2022 – Suffers hand blister in Australian Open second spherical loss to Danka Kovinic.
February 2022 – Retired from the primary spherical of the Guadalajara Open vs. Daria Saville (hip damage).
March 2022 – Suffers again damage in Indian Wells third spherical loss to Petra Martic.
April 2022 – Suffers a foot blister in Nice Britain’s 3-2 defeat to the Czech Republic within the Billie Jean King Cup,
Might 2022 – Withdraws from the primary spherical of the Italian Open in opposition to Bianca Andreescu (again damage).
June 2022 – Withdraws from Nottingham Open first spherical in opposition to Viktorija Golubic (belly damage).
September 2022 – Withdraws from Korea Open semifinal in opposition to Jelena Ostapenko (left glute damage).
October 2022 – Withdrawn earlier than the Transylvania Open (season-ending wrist damage).
January 2023 – Retires from ASB Basic Final-16 vs Viktoria Kuzmova (ankle damage), 11 days earlier than Australian Open.
“I imply, it is unlucky, to be sincere, final week, as a result of I felt nice in my season and I felt good with the preparations I made bodily,” he mentioned.
“And I simply had an accident on the courtroom, which I do not know what I may have performed to forestall it.”
Raducanu has had a tough run since asserting himself as a family title in the summertime of 2021 by reaching the fourth spherical at Wimbledon earlier than claiming a surprising victory on the US Open.
He retired from the sport 4 instances in 2022 and most not too long ago needed to cope with a wrist damage. His rating has dropped to 75 from his tenth profession.
The draw for the Australian Open takes place on Thursday.