US Open champion Emma Raducanu is looking to gain her clay-court experience this week at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart after making her professional debut on the field last weekend. The British teenager will be in the first round at the indoor tournament in Stuttgart on Wednesday in her opening game against Storm Sanders from Australia. “I’m looking forward to spending more time on clay this year,” said Raducanu.
“I keep telling everyone around me that one day clay will be my surface.”
Raducanu wore a personalized Tottenham Hotspur shirt with the number 10 to training on Tuesday.
She explained that although she doesn’t care much about football, “almost everyone on my team is a big Spurs supporter,” added the world No. 12.
The British teenager had a difficult foray into clay in Prague last week, losing some toenails after surface training ahead of Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup defeat to the Czech Republic.
However, the 19-year-old showed no ill effects when she defeated Tereza Martincova, but then lost heavily to Marketa Vondrousova.
Now Raducanu is aiming to do well against Sanders, with world number one Iga Swiatek of Poland a potential opponent in Friday’s quarter-finals.
“The more experience I get, the better I can handle everything,” said Raducanu, Britain’s first female Grand Slam title winner in more than 40 years.
In her opening match in Stuttgart, Swiatek will compete against the German qualifier Eva Lys, who is in the world ranking 342.
20-year-old Lys won a marathon match of more than three hours on Tuesday, beating Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round.
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