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post #466 of 497 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 2019, 08:12 AM
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Confirmation today, Emma has entered Junior Wimbledon.
Great news. She did OK last year; hopefully she can better that quarter final.
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Great news. She did OK last year; hopefully she can better that quarter final.
She did a bit better than 'OK' imo - winning 3 matches in straight sets (including against Leylah Fernandez and Joanna Garland who are quality juniors) before falling to the eventual champion Iga Swiatek who just made the 4R of the FO. Yes, the 0 & 1 scoreline was disappointing but Swiatek played lights-out that day and there wasn't much Emma could do. Hopefully with a slightly kinder draw she can at least go 1 better than last year, as she'd definitely be up there in the rankings if she was still playing juniors regularly.
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Re: Emma Raducanu

Good Luck to Emma at Wimbledon Jr.
She has played and practised on grass much more than the other girls in the passed couple of years. She must use this to her advantage.
Many of the top ranked girls won't be there, including Fernandez. So I'll be rooting for Emma. Go Girl !!!
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Emma announced her exams are over and she's ready for the grass season.

Should be in Nottingham main draw next week.
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post #470 of 497 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 2019, 07:17 PM
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She's withdrawn from G1 Nottingham next week so perhaps she has a QWC for Eastbourne next week or just decided to get an extra weeks worth of prep on the grass. Either way it seems like a sensible decision since the entry list is considerably than junior Wimbledon and G1 Roehampton so there's not that much to gain really.


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She's withdrawn from G1 Nottingham next week so perhaps she has a QWC for Eastbourne next week or just decided to get an extra weeks worth of prep on the grass. Either way it seems like a sensible decision since the entry list is considerably than junior Wimbledon and G1 Roehampton so there's not that much to gain really.
No, she'll be playing Wimby qualies.
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Re: Emma Raducanu

I saw the MDWC announcement on twitter earlier today but missed the QWC one until now. Great news for Emma but it does mean she'll have had literally no match play before this.
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post #473 of 497 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 2019, 09:53 PM
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I'd have been tempted to have given her a MDWC, especially when there's plenty of slots unfilled, so it's not as if she would be pushing someone's nose out, had they all been filled. It would have also allowed Sam or Naomi, or anyone else in the playoff, to have been boosted up to a QWC, and Emma could have had a QWC at Eastbourne to get match practice and to also fill one of the E'bourne QWCs that will now likely go unfilled.

The US Open had no qualms about giving Osuigwe a MDWC last year when she was the same age as Emma, or The Aussie to Aiava in 2017 when she was 16 and a half as well, and the French obviously gave their 2 16 year olds MDWCs this year, so I really don't see why not.
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Re: Emma Raducanu

I think the QWC is more appropriate for her at this stage, with no recent match play on grass.

The trouble is, we have a lot of players whose level is appropriate to QWCs, and not so many who are obvious MDWC recipients, especially with Boulter and Burrage hors de combat.

So being slightly stingy with the MDWCs has a knock-on effect of making the QWC field overcrowded, even with the extra one available.

Not helped by the fact that Wimbledon seems to feel they must give several international WCs per year, and has only found one for MDWCs, so made up for it with a couple of surprising QWC choices.
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Re: Emma Raducanu

Interesting draw for Emma against players she's played before.

Q1 vs En Shuo Liang who beat her narrowly in R2 of Juniors two years ago. She's up to #186 but Emma surely has a chance on Grass, if she's been able to prep well. The lack of match practice would be the worry though.

Potential to play Minnen in Q2, who she has beaten before.

Quite possibly the winner of Bolsova/Gauff in Q3 if she got that far..

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Re: Emma Raducanu

I think Emma has a great chance in her opening match. The Taiwan girl was obviously a great junior, but she has struggled on the tour in 2019. She has lost to Katy, Gabi and Heather in 2019 (all in straight sets). She did manage to beat Holly Staff, but was well beaten in her other 2 grass matches, one was admittedly Magda R, but losing 2 and 1 to Cepede Royg in her last match is a good sign. I can see Emma being the bookies favourite when those odds come out.

Minnen will be tough, she is a different player than when they met almost a year ago in one of those GB ITF events, and has since had success on the main WTA tour, including a grass QF in Holland the other week. Minnen is my pick to come through this section, but yes, a potential Q1 win would be a great return if that happened.
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Not a great draw but yeah, I suppose Emma knows a bit of what to expect with Liang. That was a tough loss a couple of years ago.

It's gonna be on TV and Wimbledon website.
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I think it's a relatively good draw. It's very close, but Emma is actually the bookies favourite to win, as I thought she might be (4/5), and that wouldn't be the case against most of the field, certainly not the likes of Rybakina. Liang has been regularly battered these past few weeks:

2-6 2-6 vs Watson
1-6 2-6 vs Cepede Royg
3-6 1-3 vs Rybarikova
1-6 2-6 vs Rybakina
0-6 2-6 vs Diyas

And they are all since May. Obviously most of those are competent players, but the similar non competitive score lines are surely a concern? She lost in straight sets to Katy Dunne and Gabi Taylor earlier in the year as well. She also lost 1 and 2 to Tauson in March, and someone called Liuaw a Fong (who I'm not aware of) in April - she hasn't had a great year. I'm optimistic.
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Re: Emma Raducanu

Emma lost 7-6, 6-2.

First set she definitely had chances but she looked a bit rusty and a bit of work on movement wouldn't go amiss. But considering she hadn't played for 2 months this wasn't a bad performance.

I know it's a real opportunity and all that but I'd probably rather have seen her beating up the J1 field in Notts, given the lack of prep.
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Yeah, the lack of matches was probably the main difference here. Plus a few less errors from Liang in the second set. I think Emma did also get the benefit of the doubt a few times on calls in the first set on big points.

Minnen next for Liang.
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