With the new Sky Sports Tennis Channel being launched in the UK, Emma Raducanu was the first guest alongside Gigi Salmon, Laura Robson and Marion Bartoli as she prepares for action at the Qatar Open over the next week.
Raducanu opens up against Anhelina Kalinina and so far has been showing a good level with no sorts of injuries seemingly present for the former US Open champion which has been due to a change in mindset and technical changes done with new coach Nick Cavaday.
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Instead of licking her wounds after a loss, it is straight back to it and the rigours of the tour mean that she can't afford to blink so even if she is too upset or has a small injury, the work very much continues and also other aspects of her game that are already paying dividends.
“When you start working with a new coach, they implement new things,” said Raducanu. "You want to give yourself time to do that, but on the tour, there is no time."
“So straight after Australia, I went back to London, took two days off to rest and then training right away. That’s one thing I’m doing better. After a tournament, if I’ve lost, I (don’t need to) take four or five days off because I’m too upset or I have a niggle. It’s just straight back to it. Just consistent work and I’m improving little by little.”
“I made some tweaks after Australia, right before Abu Dhabi,” she continued. "See them in the first round match was really positive. We worked really hard and to see it all come through, I was really encouraged by that. I’m slowly getting there. You learn something and then unlearn it. Over time, you learn more.”
“Staying healthy is the big goal for this year. Injury wise, sickness wise. Also, another goal is just consistency.”