"It just makes me more determined": Emma Raducanu remains optimistic despite Wimbledon 2024 exit

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 at 13:30
Britain’s Emma Raducanu believes that exiting Wimbledon 2024 is not the worst outcome as she prepares for future events. The third Grand Slam of the year is moving towards its conclusion, and the remaining players are giving their all to secure the ultimate prize.
One of the most sought-after young players from Britain was Raducanu, but she failed to live up to the hype. She was eventually knocked out of the competition after losing to New Zealand’s Lulu Sun with a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Talking about the impact of that result, Raducanu stated that, in her opinion, the outcome has not been the worst. She also stated that with some free time, she will now focus on areas where she believes she can improve in the upcoming events.
“I feel good about things going forwards,” said the Bromley-based star. “I feel optimistic. I think that losing at Wimbledon, as bitter as it is to take, I think it happened for a reason. You don't want things to happen too easily and too quickly. It just makes me more determined. I think I really put myself first in the last few weeks, few months. There are areas I need to keep improving. I think certain things I have been doing better over the grass court season. I think I improved a few things. My serve got better. I think I need to just work on the consistency of it being good every day not just like some days.”
Raducanu broke onto the scene after winning the US Open at the age of 18 in 2021. The most impressive aspect of that win was that she started the campaign through a qualifying round and still managed to lift the title after beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in the final in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Since then, however, not much has gone right for the Toronto-born star as she has continuously struggled with form and fitness concerns. She returned to the court earlier this year after a gap of nearly 12 months but has consistently failed to produce positive results. To keep herself fit, the former world number 10 has already decided not to participate in the French Open. She also decided not to make herself available for the upcoming Paris Olympics as well which will begin on July 26.

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