"Fortunately I didn't have to miss this Grand Slam" - Raducanu given green light to compete at Roland Garros

British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has declared herself fit to compete at the upcoming Roland Garros event, which begins May 22.

The US Open champion retired during the second set of her opening match at the Italian Open in Rome last week against Bianca Andreescu, saying she was unable to move properly. Raducanu headed home to have the problem assessed but was given the all clear and is gearing up for her senior debut at Roland Garros, where she is the 12th seed.

The 19-year-old has had a string of injuries since her stunning victory in New York and opened up to reporters in Paris about her health concerns.

“I’m learning about my body, for sure, but I’m very happy to be continuing my preparations for the French Open and to be able to play this tournament and fortunately I didn’t have to miss this grand slam," said Raducanu.

“That is definitely a really positive thing, because I really look forward to these big moments and the big tournaments.”

Raducanu disclosed to reporters that there was the possibility she could have missed the second Grand Slam of the season, but fortunately she was able to overcome her injury concerns.

“It was definitely thrown into question," admitted the British No.1. "But, at the end of the day, I’m just learning, feeling it out. I got the all clear to continue with preparations and see how things go.

“Last week after Rome I definitely had to slow down that week, but this week I have been training and luckily being able to practice all of the shots. It feels good to be able to move freely and just run around. It’s quite fun. I have been preparing as normal the last few days.”

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