Is Emma Raducanu fit to play at the Australian Open? British star recovering ‘day at a time’ from ankle injury but hopes for Grand Slam exit
Emma Raducanu faces a race against time to compete at the Australian Open after sustaining an injury days before the start of the tournament.
The 20-year-old was left in tears after pulling out of her second-round match at the ASB Classic in Auckland after rolling her ankle.
The 2021 US Open winner was only making her second outing of the year, following an early end to her 2022 season due to a wrist injury.
Raducanu was hoping to score a solid appearance at the Australian Open following his Grand Slam debut last year.
The British star was sent home in the second round 12 months ago after losing to world No. 98 Danka Kovinic in straight sets.
But will Raducanu even be fit enough to appear in court this time around? talkSPORT.com has everything you need to know…
Is Emma Raducanu fit to play at the Australian Open?
Raducanu has admitted she ‘hopes’ to play the first Grand Slam of 2023 despite picking up another injury.
His team were initially optimistic their slip in Auckland was just a minor ankle sprain, with Raducanu completing light training at Melbourne Park on Monday.
“It was really unfortunate to be honest last week,” Raducanu told Tennis Australia, with an interview clip appearing to show her limping.
“I felt good in my season and I felt really good with the preparation that I did physically.
“I just had an accident on the pitch, and I don’t know what I could have done to avoid it, so I take it day by day honestly and every day I try the best I can. to see and make progress.
“Hopefully by Monday or whenever the tournament starts (for me) I’ll be fine and ready, but we’re just taking it one day at a time and not trying to expect too much at this stage. “
Australian Open 2023: Schedule
The Grand Slam is taking place at Melbourne Park and play will take place from Monday January 16 before ending on Sunday January 29.
The draw will take place four days before the start of the tournament, on Thursday 12 January.
- Monday 16 January – Men’s and women’s first round matches
- Tuesday 17 January – Men’s and women’s first round matches
- Wednesday 18 January – Men’s and women’s second round matches
- Thursday 19 January – Men’s and women’s second round matches
- Friday 20 January – Men’s and women’s third round matches
- Saturday 21 January – Men’s and women’s third round matches
- Sunday 22 January – Men’s and women’s fourth round matches
- Monday 23 January – Men’s and women’s fourth round matches
- Tuesday, January 24 – Men’s and women’s quarter-finals
- Wednesday, January 25 – Men’s and women’s quarter-finals
- Thursday January 26 – Women’s semi-finals
- Friday 27 January – Men’s semi-finals
- Saturday January 28 – Ladies’ final, men’s doubles final
- Sunday 29 January – Men’s final, women’s double final
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