Amidst huge expectations, the US Open Champion Emma Raducanu, unfortunately, fell to World No.55 Marta Kostyuk in straight sets(6-2, 6-1) at the Transylvania Open 2021 last eight. However, the British teenager admitted she tried her best on the court but gave up due to fatigue.
“It was a tough match for me, Marta did well to stay focused, she is a great athlete. I knew it would be a difficult match. I wasn’t physically feeling 100%, I was quite tired and lethargic today,” Emma Raducanu said in the post-match interview.
“Sometimes you just have those days where you don’t feel your best. All credit to Marta is to stay focused, she’s a great opponent, got a lot of balls back in play.”
“I’m Still Very New”: Emma Raducanu on Fast Pace Life Of The WTA Tour
Brit continued, “I was tired, I knew from practice. I wanted to go out there and try my best and see how it was going to go. I couldn’t get it going today.”
“It’s tough, I knew from today when I tried to practice that I was very limited on what I could do. I did try my best but I was very, very lethargic today.”
“It’s just the last 6 months, and I’ve been learning a lot. I’ve experienced a lot in the last six months with not so many gaps, just adapting to the fast pace life of the tour. I’m still very new to it and it will still just take me some time to adjust.”
When asked, not being able to face Simona Halep in the semifinal, Raducanu emphasised, “It’s just disappointing that you have these days. It’s not a nice feeling to have. I just need to move on from it, brush it off and then I’ll be back in another tournament soon.”
“I loved my week here in Romania, the people were welcoming and the hospitality was great. Everyone made sure that everything was as good as it could be. I am very grateful to everyone who welcomed me. In a way, I was surprised by how the Romanian crowd got behind me,” Emma expressed.
“I am disappointed that I couldn’t put on a better show for them. I would have loved to have fans watching the last few matches. Hopefully, I will come back to this or another tournament in Romania next year.”
Speaking about the offseason, Raducanu explained, “I am going to do a full offseason. After Linz I will probably have a week off, to reset, be mentally fresh and physically fresh for the tough pre-season. It’s going to be my first one and, from what I’ve heard, it’s a very difficult four weeks physically. I want to prepare for that next year.”
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