Emma Raducanu gears up for grueling training block after her fitness was exposed by heavy loss

Emma Raducanu prepares for four weeks of grueling work for the first off-season training block of her career after her fitness was on display in a 57-minute loss at the Transylvanian Open











Emma Raducanu is preparing for four weeks of physical hard work to prepare for the rigors of next year’s tour.

The British No.1 booked mid-November to mid-December for the first off-season training block of her career.

The physical gap between her and powerful Marta Kostyuk was evident in Friday night’s heavy quarter-final loss at the Transylvanian Open in Cluj.

While the Ukrainian is only eight months older, it is clear that she has benefited from many more years of focused work on the tour. She effectively turned professional at age 15 – while Raducanu was still considering GCSEs.

Emma Raducanu prepares for first off-season training block of her career

The Kent teenager recognizes that this is an area where she still has some catching up to do and part of this process will be getting full training when she gets the chance. She complained of feeling lethargic after taking just three games from a former junior rival.

Raducanu still plans to end his season at the Upper Austrian Open in Linz by starting a week on Monday, then start the tough yards after taking a week off to recharge.

“I’m going to do a full offseason for sure,” she said. “After Linz, I’ll probably have a week off just to refresh myself mentally and physically. This will be my first preseason and from what I’ve heard it’s been four very physically tough weeks so I just want to prepare for that and next year.

Raducanu suffered a heavy quarter-final loss to powerful Marta Kostyuk on Friday

Raducanu suffered a heavy quarter-final loss to powerful Marta Kostyuk on Friday

The Briton was far from the beat to lose 6-2, 6-1 in straight sets to her opponent Ukraine

The Briton was far from the beat to lose 6-2, 6-1 in straight sets to her opponent Ukraine

His only engagement at that time will be to play an exhibition match at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 28.

A strong performance in Linz could help her finish the season in the top 20 in the world, and her two wins in Romania will have propelled her one or two places to 21 or 22.

Raducanu has performed so little on tour compared to his peers that it’s hard to say where his true ranking stands. At Wimbledon and the US Open it looked a lot like the top 20. It hasn’t been that way in both of his tournaments since.

Raducanu remains evasive about her coaching plans, but it is far from certain that she will end up being mentored by Spaniard Esteban Carrill, with whom she tried before Cluj.


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