“We’re here to get to the final,” said Emma Raducanu, confident of England’s chances against the Czech Republic in BJK Cup qualifiers

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

England will clash against the Czech Republic in the Billie Jean King Cup qualification in Prague. The highlight of this event, however, is the British star Emma Raducanu making her Billie Jean King Cup debut for England as they take on six-time champions, the Czech Republic.

Technically, Raducanu has to lead from the front as they face a relatively lighter Czech team that doesn’t have such players Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Krejcikova on their list. So it’s an opportunity for Raducanu and the girls to make it count.

The 19-year-old is the highest-ranking British player to face Tereza Martincova. While Harriet Dart will take on Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Marketa Vondrousova. Opponents will change as Raducanu will also face the 2019 French Open finalist.

The US Open champion feels that despite starting as an underdog against the Czechs, she has the fighting spirit that will carry her to the final. She said, “We are here to reach the final and we are all ready to fight hard and do our best,” said Raducanu. “We may be the underdogs, but I know our fighting spirit and anything can happen.”

“Emma Raducanu has to take her place and lead the team by example,” said England captain Anne Keothavong

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

Although Raducanu trained very hard on clay in Italy before flying to Prague. She trained with upcoming coach Ricardo Piatti before joining the British players’ camp for the BJK Cup. The point is that Raducanu is not very familiar with clay. But the teen is hopeful as she admits competing in the BJK Cup will be very different from her other experiences.

“It’s definitely a different experience and environment than I’m used to,” the teenager continued. “Being on a team is very rare in an individual sport, so it’s very nice to play on a team. The atmosphere we have off the pitch is amazing.”

Raducanu talks more about the details she learned about the clay court and how more time has made her better as she hopes to learn more about the surface. She remains confident and fully hopes that Clay can be a happy hunting ground for her.

“I feel like I like to slide and once I get the timing right and spend more time on sand I’m sure this could be a really good surface for me.” Raducanu communicated. “I feel like I have a lot more potential physically. I will learn more about this over time. I feel like I can really use it and play aggressively while also being able to move well.”

Finally, Britain’s captain Anne Keothavong also praised the teenager as she believes Emma Raducanu’s US Open win changed the whole dynamic of tennis in the UK. Keothaving hopes and wishes that Raducanu can come to terms with the responsibility she carries on her shoulders and embraces it with a great deal of composure.

“I guess a lot has happened over the past year and of course Emma’s success has been highlighted and we’ve seen what she was able to achieve in such a short amount of time.

“So we’re getting a little bit into the unknown, and a kind of changing of the guard has taken place. I’m sure Emma will embrace her position, lead the team by example and really grow in this role in the years to come.” she signed out.

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Subhankar Mondal

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