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Set to make her Australian Open debut, reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu is seeded No 17 and drawn within the backside half with a possible showdown towards her idol, Simona Halep within the third spherical; with a scarcity of current matches a fear, how far can the British teenager go in Melbourne?

Final Up to date: 15/01/22 9:49am

Andrew Castle feels Emma Raducanu needs to rebuild again after her historic US Open win. The Brit has been drawn to face Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open

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Andrew Fortress feels Emma Raducanu must rebuild once more after her historic US Open win. The Brit has been drawn to face Sloane Stephens within the first spherical of the Australian Open

Andrew Fortress feels Emma Raducanu must rebuild once more after her historic US Open win. The Brit has been drawn to face Sloane Stephens within the first spherical of the Australian Open

Emma Raducanu enters the Australian Open with desires of reaching one other Grand Slam miracle. Can the teenager sensation again up her US Open triumph with victory in Melbourne?

Raducanu’s history-making run at Flushing Meadows final September won’t ever be forgotten – she gained 10 straight matches to go from qualifier to US Open champion and earn a life-changing $2.5million.

However life since that sensational night time in New York has modified immeasurably for {the teenager} from Kent, with the rigours of the each day grind on the WTA Tour taking up her life.

It hasn’t been straightforward for the 19-year-old, who this time final yr was tweeting about her A Ranges.

“When it is a job, it isn’t a thrill to show up day by day. For her, going onto the courtroom each single day, is at instances going to really feel like work”

Andrew Fortress talks life on the Tour

Since ending Britain’s 44-year await a ladies’s Grand Slam winner, Raducanu has break up from coach Andrew Richardson, savoured a primary victory on the WTA Tour, employed Angelique Kerber’s former coach Torben Beltz, examined constructive for Covid-19 and been voted BBC Sports activities Persona of the 12 months 2021.

All this within the area of simply 4 months!

Barry Cowan says although Raducanu is still learning her game, expectations ahead of the Australian Open are high

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Barry Cowan says though Raducanu remains to be studying her sport, expectations forward of the Australian Open are excessive

Barry Cowan says though Raducanu remains to be studying her sport, expectations forward of the Australian Open are excessive

Raducanu crashed to a heavy defeat on the Sydney Worldwide in her first match since recovering from coronavirus, falling 6-0 6-1 to Kazakhstan’s world No 13 Elena Rybakina.

Chatting with Sky Sports activities Information, former British No 1 Andrew Fortress mentioned her “tough preparation” for the Australian Open was all the time more likely to occur.

He mentioned: “What we noticed on the US Open final yr was so phenomenal, to go from schoolgirl to Grand Slam champion with out dropping a set. She did not beat any top-10 gamers there, however she beat all people in entrance of her in straight units.

“I am not going to say it was an aberration, however it was a type of issues the place it is virtually like her profession has gone right into a reverse now. She has achieved the good factor that everyone goals for, however now she has to construct once more as a result of life on the Tour day in, day trip may be very totally different.

“It is a grind, it’s important to get used to it and the opposite gamers get used to you a bit of bit. When it is a job, it isn’t a thrill to show up day by day. For her, going onto the courtroom each single day, is at instances going to really feel like work.”

Raducanu is getting set to make her debut on the Australian Open in what might be simply her third look at any Grand Slam match. She started 2021 ranked 345th, rose to 179th in July by reaching the fourth spherical at Wimbledon on her Grand Slam debut and arrived on the US Open ranked one hundred and fiftieth. Raducanu left New York at No 23 after successful all 20 units she performed throughout 10 victories en path to the title. Now as much as No 18, can Raducanu make extra historical past in Melbourne?

Raducanu’s exceptional rise

Robust opening check

A primary Grand Slam match since successful within the US pits her towards 2017 New York champion Sloane Stephens in Melbourne.

Stephens, who lately wed footballer Jozy Altidore, has slipped to 68 within the rankings however at her greatest is a formidable opponent and reached the semi-finals in Melbourne 9 years in the past.

The American’s final victory on the Tour got here towards Raducanu’s compatriot Heather Watson in Indian Wells and he or she hasn’t performed in any respect since defeating Russian Liudmila Samsonova on the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November.

Stephens has misplaced within the first spherical of the Australian Open in her previous two appearances.

“She’s constructing for the time being and I feel the draw towards Sloane Stephens is completely fascinating. Stephens, despite the fact that she’s a Grand Slam champion, would virtually be thought of an underachiever for her expertise,” mentioned Fortress, who reached the 1988 males’s doubles semi-finals in Melbourne alongside Roberto Saad.

“She’s splendidly gifted and it is virtually nice information that she’s enjoying an incredible identify, though unseeded, within the first spherical for Emma. I want her luck this yr, however keep affected person as a result of she’s completely good.”

The British No 1 opened up to Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her aims for 2022

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The British No 1 opened as much as Sky Information presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her goals for 2022

The British No 1 opened as much as Sky Information presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her goals for 2022

Idol Halep awaits

Simona Halep could meet Raducanu at the Australian Open

Simona Halep might meet Raducanu on the Australian Open

Raducanu will hope to rediscover her kind on the outside hardcourts which introduced her nice success in New York. She is going to really feel at house on the Plexicushion floor in Melbourne, which is medium paced with decrease bounce and fewer spin in comparison with the US Open.

Ought to she come by means of towards Stephens the 19-year-old will go up towards world No 99 Danka Kovinic or a qualifier within the second spherical earlier than a possible showdown towards her idol Simona Halep within the third spherical.

Former world No 1 Halep has already been singing the praises of Raducanu, claiming the US Open champion will finally change into top-of-the-line gamers on the planet.

That they had been attributable to meet within the semi-finals of the Transylvania Open final yr, however the Brit exited on the quarter-final stage within the nation of her father’s start.

It does not get any simpler…

Naomi Osaka holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup aloft after winning the women's singles title last year

Naomi Osaka holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup aloft after successful the ladies’s singles title final yr

Ought to Raducanu navigate her well past Halep, then two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza may very well be mendacity in wait.

The 2020 Australian Open finalist has loved a profession renaissance since becoming a member of forces with the legendary Conchita Martinez. The Spaniard gained the year-end 2021 WTA Finals, ending the season at No 3 within the rankings.

Rybakina may very well be subsequent in line for the British No 1 within the quarter-finals, having already drubbed her for the lack of only one sport in Sydney. Estonian big-hitter Anett Kontaveit is one other potential last-eight opponent.

Wanting even additional, and former French Open champion Iga Swiatek or Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka might go up towards Raducanu within the semi-finals.

And if she was to make it back-to-back Grand Slam titles, then how a couple of conflict towards world No 1 Ashleigh Barty or defending champion Naomi Osaka on Saturday, January 29? It is definitely a date to maintain in your diaries.

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