“I’m not sure whether the quality or the ball I’m receiving in practice, I mean, it’s not the same when I’m playing these matches because I definitely feel like the matches are taking a lot more out of me than they probably should. I had a match in Stuttgart, my first round, it was, like, (6-1, 6-2) or something, (6-0, 6-1), I don’t know. Next day I felt like I was in bits. It became like a running joke.”
In what has been the first clay-court season of Raducanu’s professional career, she played two matches in Billie Jean King Cup before reaching the last-eight in Stuttgart and the third-round in Madrid, and thought her body was still adjusting to playing a full schedule. “It’s probably the match load, just getting used to it. Also back to back, just playing week in, week out. Looking back, since [Billie Jean King] Cup I’ve been home, like, for one day,” she noted.