Emma Raducanu has revealed that ‘some people’ in her team didn’t want her to go ahead with her Australian Open second round match on Wednesday. A blister in an awkward position on Raducanu’s right hand meant that the only shot she could comfortably hit on her forehand wing for large parts of her second round was a slice. ‘I wanted to fight through it,’ the US Open champion said in her post-match press conference

‘This particular one has been with me for about five days,’ Raducanu said after losing in three sets to Danka Kovinic. ‘I have been trying to like tape it for every practice, and it would harden and dry out, but then once I would play again, like another layer would just keep ripping off.’



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