Iga Swiatek tips Emma Raducanu to return to top of women’s tennis

A picture of Emma Raducanu in action against Iga Swiatek next to an image of Andy Murray celebrating a point
Emma Raducanu lost to Iga Swiatek while Andy Murray is set to avoid surgery (Picture: Getty)

Iga Swiatek has tipped Emma Raducanu to get back to the top level of women’s tennis while in other news, Andy Murray has returned to practice.

World No.1 Swiatek was pushed all the way by Raducanu in their Stuttgart Open quarter-final clash on Friday as the Polish star eventually beat her British foe.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Swiatek was forced into a tie-break for just the second time in 21 career sets played at the tournament after a tense first set.

Swiatek won that tie-break and Raducanu’s level dropped a little in the second set as her rival conjured up a double break to clinch victory and a semi-final spot.

Despite defeat, it’s been an impressive spell for Raducanu, who went into this match with four successive wins for the first time since her 2021 US Open triumph.

The 21-year-old, who was ranked as high as world No.10 in 2022, is currently down at No.303 but is set for a major ranking boost when they next update.

Raducanu is looking to climb back to the top of the sport after huge injury problems forced her into triple surgery before she made a return in January.

Emma Raducanu pictured in action against Iga Swiatek, throwing her hand in the air after reacting to a point
Emma Raducanu played ‘like she had nothing to lose’ (Picture: Getty)

Many pundits have predicted that Raducanu will return to the top 10 and Swiatek has insisted that the Briton ‘has the game’ to get back to the top level.

‘I hope she will be able to do it (return to the top level of women’s tennis) because for sure she has the game for it,’ Swiatek said after her victory.

‘It was a pretty intense match so I am happy I was able to keep the intensity even though we played tough games for over two hours. It wasn’t easy, I had a lot of break points that I couldn’t convert.

‘She started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that.

‘But I knew I was kind of questioning if she’s going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match.

‘It wasn’t about service games or return games. I was just the waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I’m going to get them.’

Andy Murray sat on his bench at the Miami Open looking in pain
Andy Murray is set to avoid surgery on his horror ankle injury (Picture: Getty)

Meanwhile, British legend Murray has confirmed that he is set to avoid surgery on his horror ankle injury and has returned to practice, posting a video on Instagram of himself hitting forehand shots on an indoor court.

Murray, who has admitted he’s unlikely to play past this summer as he edges towards retirement, is hoping to feature at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

No timeline for his return has been announced but Murray is ‘out of the walking boot’ and ‘hoping to start hitting again on court soon’, according to his team.

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