World number 13 Emma Raducanu is ready to make her debut at the Billi Jean King Cup when she will represent Great Britain in qualifiers next month. The 19-year-old was named alongside him Harriet Dart, Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal in a young team that will play against the Czech Republic in the qualifiers on April 15-16.
The Brits will play against the Czechs on Prague’s clay courts and it could be a big challenge for them as the inexperience on their side could make it difficult to play on an unfamiliar surface given that Raducanu is still a professional on clay must play in the limelight only after Wimbledon 2021 and finally the 2021 US Open where she won the major.
While the Brits have two simultaneous tournaments on clay on tour from April 4, the WTA 500 event in Charleston and the WTA 250 event in Bogota, they can get a little familiar with the surface before heading to Driving Prague where you would need to show your best side.
“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing against the Czechs. Emma will be making her debut in singles despite having been part of our team in 2019 and 2020. Harriet and Katie have been an integral part of the team over the past few years whilst I’m delighted to bring this experience to Sonay for the first time.
“Each clash creates a unique pressure and intensity that I’m sure our players will benefit from, and although we have a tough challenge ahead of us against the Czechs, I’m a firm believer that our team will push themselves and will make their country proud.” said team captain Anne Keothavong according to LTA.
Emma Raducanu has yet to decide on her first clay event
With another bad outing at the 2022 Indian Wells openEmma will complete a final run on hard courts at the upcoming tournament 2022 MiamiOpen before the tour shifts its focus to the “Golden Swing”. With three events to choose from for a player on the tour in the month of April, Emma has yet to make the decision.
With the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers on April 15th and 16th, there will be no tournament during the week due to the events in Charleston and Bogota on April 10th and the next events, the WTA 500 event in Stuttgart and the WTA-250, ending events in Istanbul are scheduled from April 18-24 before the WTA-1000 Madrid Open begins on April 28.
After demonstrating her skills on both grass and hard courts, it’s now up to Claycourts to watch Emma thrive on them as she tries to cement her place at the top of the leaderboard and continue after her first Tour title and second career title to seek.
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