Emma Raducanu opens up on being afraid and how she plans to bounce back at Wimbledon.PAM


has admitted that she is working on managing her career expectations before making her long-awaited return to Wimbledon later this month. The 19-year-old burst onto the scene at last year’s edition of the tournament before she was forced to withdraw from her fourth-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic with breathing difficulties.


Raducanu went on to complete a remarkable turnaround by winning the US Open as a qualifier with a remarkable campaign at only her second career Grand Slam.


She has since admitted that she felt overwhelmed by the occasion at Wimbledon and will be looking to control her emotions and stick to realistic expectations in order to stay focused when the action gets underway in SW19 at the end of this month.


“I walked away from Wimbledon, I never experienced anything like it, I just let all the emotions go like crazy,” said Raducanu in a recent interview with Nike.

“I took that straight into training and then the US Open happened. After winning the US Open, everyone just expected me to win every single tournament I was ever going to play again.



“I think it’s a bit unrealistic because perfection just doesn’t exist. I’m working on letting go, letting go of being perfect at all times and being afraid to look bad in front of myself.”



Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Raducanu will be able to progress into the latter stages at Wimbledon as she looks to improve on her recent sub-par form.



She was dumped out in the second round of the French Open earlier this month and has been struggling with a number of troublesome physical issues since the turn of the year.



Raducanu picked up a side injury in Nottingham last week but is expected to return to fitness in time to play at Eastbourne prior to her Wimbledon homecoming.



She will come up against an extremely strong field in the final warm-up tournament before heading to the All England Club, with eight of the world’s 10 highest-ranked female players set to feature in the main draw.


The teenage Brit is yet to officially confirm her participation at Eastbourne but will likely be given a wild card entry after receiving encouraging results from a scan on the injury she was plagued with in Nottingham.



She will be desperate to put in a strong showing upon her return to action as she looks to fine-tune her preparations for Wimbledon by finding some much-needed winning momentum over the next couple of weeks.

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