Hello and welcome to coverage of Emma Raducanu’s second round match at the French Open against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Raducanu demonstrated her grit and determination on Monday as she overcame 17-year-old Czech qualifier Linda Noskova.
“Honestly, I have no expectations of myself. You know I am really happy to be able to be competing here after Rome,” she said.
“I really fought hard to be here in this second round and I am looking forward to try to stay as long as possible.”
Today she comes up against Sasnovich, who she lost to convincingly at Indian Wells last year, in what was her first tournament after winning the US Open.
Injuries have disrupted Raducanu’s season so far but she has been hitting the gym in an effort to bulk up.
“I think that it is definitely improving. One thing that I have been doing in the lead-up for this week and the whole of last week, I was doing a lot in the gym.
“A lot before practice, after practice, just keeping all the muscles fired up. It’s something I probably haven’t really done before, train through tournaments.
“Yeah, I am pretty pleased with how I was out there physically, and I feel really good, to be honest.
“I think definitely players kind of know more about me, and they would have seen me play more whereas last year, maybe if I was just a random qualifier, they wouldn’t have put as much research or looking at me, how I would play.
“To counteract that I’m always looking to improve in all sorts of aspects. I think one was definitely physically, just to be able to last in the longer points, especially on the clay courts.
“Also just adding elements of unpredictability in whatever way that may be.”
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