When Emma Radukanu Compete at Wimbledon This week, she will return not only as one of her most cherished moments of the past year but also as one of her most tragic moments.
Before Raduka became a household name last year, the teenager was ranked 338th in the world when she received the wildcard and reached the last-16 against all odds, though British hopes were dashed when her compatriots left early.
She coped with the pressure surprisingly well but her fairy tale Wimbledon debut ended in tragic circumstances when she was forced to retire in the fourth round due to difficulty breathing.
Debates were raging over whether the young player was handling the pressure on the big stage, two months after she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam when she lifted the US Open.
Now, after a year on the tour, the battle-hardened Radukanu is ranked 11th in the world, but recent results and injuries have given her some modesty.
But the 19-year-old is no longer a stranger to pressure because she welcomed the possibility of kicking women’s action. Central Court Against Allison Van Yutvank.
“Getting out on center court has always been my dream. It’s something I always wanted to do and started playing tennis for him,” said Radukanu, who has never had a collision on center court.
“I have a special feeling to walk around the field this year, I definitely feel like people are behind me. Even from some of the people working in the tournament, they are like, ‘You got this’, just cheering me on, it’s Is very special.
“One advantage is that I no longer have to cross the road in Orangi to practice like Court 28 or something.”
Another British hope seen with cautious optimism is former champion Andy Murray who has faithfully fought for a career-high 51st spot after hip surgery.
The run to the final in Stuttgart made the unseeded Scott a dark horse in the draw but it remains to be seen whether his body can cut the gap in five sets as the 35-year-old will face James Duckworth in the opening round. .
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who lost his number one ranking for the second time this year, will start his campaign against Kwon Soon-woo without playing a single competitive match on the grass after running into the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Ons Jaber She won a tune-up tournament in Berlin and finished second in the rankings, but a knee injury has forced her out of Eastbourne, raising questions about her identity.
“On my knees, I’ve always had trouble with it … but overall everything is fine. Hopefully I’ll be 100% on Monday,” she said before her first-round match against Mirzam Bajorkland.