Emma Raducanu dismisses Iga Swiatek comparison

Emma Raducanu dismisses Iga Swiatek comparison

Emma Raducanu and Iga Swiatek both won their first titles at the Grand Slam level but Raducanu says their journeys can’t be compared. Raducanu, 19, was 18 when she captured her first title at the US Open last year. Swiatek, who will be turning 21 next month, was 19 when she became a Grand Slam champion at the French Open in 2020.

Raducanu and Swiatek met during their junior days as they clashed at 2018 Wimbledon. Back then, Swiatek defeated home favorite Raducanu. “I erased it from my memory,” Raducanu said of her junior meeting versus Swiatek.

Raducanu: Our journeys not the same

“Iga had been playing tennis full time for years before,” she told WTA Insider. “She was on the ITF Tour, she was on the WTA Tour. I hadn’t played for 18 months, was sitting for my exams, and didn’t really play that many tournaments or trained very much.

I was training like three times a week for 10 hours a week last year. So right now it’s about building robustness for sure, playing matches week in and week out. “You can’t really compare the journeys because we’ve had different pathways.

Since she won the Slam she’s done extremely well and remained consistent. I’m not sure when that will happen for me but I’m sure I’ll get there”. As Raducanu noted, Swiatek continued her rise after winning a Grand Slam.

Last year, Swiatek became a Masters champion after winning Rome. This season, Swiatek made a stunning start to the year as she won Doha and back-to-back Masters titles in Indian Wells and Miami. Following her series of strong result, Swiatek rose to the world No.

1 rank. On the other side, Raducanu is still battling to find some sort of consistency following her astonishing US Open run. Raducanu is playing her first full season on the tour and she is hoping to start doing much better once she becomes more experienced. On Friday, Swiatek defeated Raducanu in the Stuttgart quarterfinal, in what was their first WTA meeting.

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