Emma Raducanu is beaming during training ahead of the Australian Open as she continues to recover

Emma Raducanu is beaming during training ahead of the Australian Open as she continues to “take one day at a time” to be fit for the Grand Slam – a week after leaving the pitch in tears with an ankle injury

  • Emma Raducanu limped off after exiting the ASB Classic in Auckland
  • She suffered an ankle injury after slipping behind the baseline last week
  • The 20-year-old is still hoping to be fit in time for the first round of the Australian Open
  • The British No. 1 trained with Tamara Korpatsch on Thursday before her match

Emma Raducanu trained on Thursday as she hopes to recover from an ankle injury in time to face court at the first Grand Slam of the year.

The British No.1 limped off in tears after leaving the ASB Classic in Auckland when she slipped behind the baseline after a sharp turn last week, jeopardizing her Australia Open hopes.

However, the 2021 US Open winner still traveled to Australia in hopes of taking part in next week’s tournament and appeared to offer a positive update at Thursday’s practice session.

Emma Raducanu trained on Thursday as she hopes to recover from an ankle injury

Emma Raducanu trained on Thursday as she hopes to recover from an ankle injury

The 20-year-old faces a race against time to recover for next week's Australian Open

The 20-year-old faces a race against time to recover for next week’s Australian Open

Raducanu was in tears after twisting her left ankle during a game in Auckland last week

Raducanu was in tears after twisting her left ankle during a game in Auckland last week

Raducanu was spotted at work at a training session ahead of their first-round match on January 16.

The 20-year-old even appeared to be putting herself through her paces as she darted across the pitch and stretched to hit the ball.

She also seemed to put pressure on the injured ankle as she crouched to take a shot down the baseline, occasionally darting forward to hit the ball closer to the net.

The British No1 did a great job as she darted across the pitch and stretched to hit the ball

The British No1 did a great job as she darted across the pitch and stretched to hit the ball

She also appeared to be putting pressure on the injured ankle as she crouched to fire a shot

She also appeared to be putting pressure on the injured ankle as she crouched to fire a shot

Raducanu meets German number 74 in the world rankings Tamara Korpatsch in the first round of the Australian Open – on the way to meeting American Coco Gauff in the second round.

After leaving the pitch in tears at the ASB Classic, she criticized what she saw as a slippery indoor surface – used outside due to heavy rain – and suggested such a mishap was likely to happen in the conditions.

It was the seventh time in her short career that Raducanu had withdrawn from a tournament through injury.

Raducanu, who started her season with an impressive win over Linda Fruhvirtova, traveled to Melbourne last weekend and spoke about her chances of appearing in the first Major of 2023 during an interview with Tennis Australia.

The 2021 US Open winner beamed as he appeared to be making progress on Thursday

The 2021 US Open winner beamed as he appeared to be making progress on Thursday

Raducanu is taking a break from training before meeting Tamara Korpatsch on January 16

Raducanu is taking a break from training before meeting Tamara Korpatsch on January 16

“Last week was really unlucky to be honest,” Raducanu said.

“I felt great about my season and felt really good with the preparation I’ve been doing physically.

“I’ve just had an accident on the pitch that I don’t know what I could have done to prevent it, so I’m just honestly taking it day by day and trying to see and progress as best I can every day. We will see.

“Hopefully I’ll be fine and ready by Monday or whenever the tournament starts (for me) but we’re just taking it one day at a time and trying not to expect too much at that point.”

The Grand Slam winner, following her success at the US Open in 2021, endured a frustrating 2022 with a series of fitness issues marring her first full campaign on the tour.

A wrist injury ended Raducanu’s last season but a hard-fought win over Fruhvirtova ensured her a positive start to the new year.

The 20-year-old made her Australian Open debut last January but was eliminated in the second round after losing to Danka Kovinic, where she struggled with bladder problems.

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