Successful tennis matches hasn’t been Emma Raducanu’s solely concern these days – staying harm free has develop into tough for the British star.
The 20-year-old has suffered a myriad of accidents over the previous 18 months which has blighted her hopes of on-court success.
However Raducanu’s run at Indian Wells has proven glimpses of the shape that introduced her grand slam success in 2021 as she superior to the final 16 of Indian Wells on Monday after beating No. 13 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in three units, 6-1 2-6 6-4.
In doing so, Raducanu superior to the fourth spherical of the BNP Paribas Open for the primary time in her profession, in addition to successful three successive matches for under the second time since successful the US Open in September 2021.
Raducanu final managed three successive victories in 2022 on the WTA 250 in Seoul, South Korea, earlier than she was pressured to retire in opposition to Jelena Ostapenko within the semifinals as soon as once more as a consequence of harm.
Following victory over Brazilian Haddad Maia – Raducanu’s highest-ranked scalp since her US Open victory nearly two years in the past – the Briton’s evaluation was that she performed a “actually excessive stage at some factors of the match.”
“I believe that I performed extraordinarily nicely within the first set and within the third set as nicely,” Raducanu informed reporters. “There have been some actually good factors and moments. I believe general the extent elevated within the third, and it was a battle from each of us.”
In addition to a lingering wrist harm that hampered her final season, Raducanu suffered an ankle harm earlier than the Australian Open earlier this yr, whereas tonsillitis pressured her to withdraw from the Austin Open final month.
Following her victory over world No. 21 Magda Linette within the earlier spherical at Indian Wells, Raducanu admitted she nonetheless wasn’t “ache free.”
Nevertheless, Raducanu received off to a flying begin in opposition to Haddad Maia, breaking her twice within the first set.
The 26-year-old Brazilian confirmed her personal resolve – and why she received the second most matches on the WTA final yr – breaking Raducanu twice within the second set to stage the match.
In a nail-biting last set, Raducanu confirmed loads of grit to finish a six-match dropping run in opposition to top-20 opposition.
The present world No. 77 will now faces world No. 1 Iga Świątek within the subsequent spherical after the three-time grand slam winner continued her spectacular type in 2023 by beating 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in straight units.