Emma Raducanu has been told to prepare for a “tough summer” as she builds towards playing at Wimbledon. Raducanu, 19, made her Grand Slam decut at SW19 last year, upsetting the odds to reach the fourth round before she retired from her match with Ajla Tomljanovic, citing breathing difficulties.
But it was at the US Open in September where she really rose to prominence. The 19-year-old embarked on her very own ‘fairytale of New York’ in Flushing Meadows, coming through qualifying to then reach the final without even losing a set.
She continued that form against fellow teen Leylah Fernandez, becoming the first qualifier in history to win a Slam. It all contributed towards a year which saw her rise more than 200 places in the world rankings and be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
But she has struggled to replicate the same form since, with a quarter-final appearance at the Transylvania Open representing her best tournament post-September. Regardless, she’ll head into Wimbledon in late June as one of the star attractions.