Emma Raducanu hit an incredible shot in her exhibition encounter with Elena-Gabriela Ruse which she was warned she would ‘get in a bit of trouble’ for if she repeated on tour. Co-commentator Claire Curran gushed about a sliced backhand down the tramline as the US Open champion took control against her close friend.
Raducanu and Ruse were involved in a tense rally in the third game of the first set, with the former forcing her opponent around the baseline.
The 19-year-old had already broken Ruse and was leading 2-0.
The Brit then switched up her game and produced an incredible sliced backhand down the tramline to win an excellent point.
It was a shot that co-commentator Curran loved.
The BBC’s main commentator Gigi Salmon reacted: “What a pick-out from Raducanu!”
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Curran then suggested that she would not be able to risk playing the shot on tour, and that she was taking advantage of the fact she was playing in an exhibition match.
“All I can say is that she will never do that in a main tour match,” the former professional player gushed.
“If she does then I think she would get in a bit of trouble!”
Both players continued to play some excellent shots in a gruelling first set.
Salmon added: “Ruse is saying that she won’t need pre-season. She might be right if the rallies carry on like this.”
Curran then continued to analyse Raducanu’s performance as she eased into the lead.
“She (Ruse) is playing against a human backboard right now. Raducanu is absorbing the pace.”
This match was Raducanu’s first on home soil since she won the US Open in September. The teen star incredibly won at Flushing Meadows despite starting as a qualifier.
She broke several records in the process, not least becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam in over 44 years.
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Raducanu has had a slightly difficult period since then. She split with coach Andrew Richardson in the aftermath and went through two tournaments without a full-time coach.
The Bromley-based talent has since appointed Belinda Bencic’s former coach Torben Beltz.
She lost in the round of 64 at the BNP Paribas Open, surprisingly being knocked out by World No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Marta Kostyuk then defeated Raducanu in the quarter-final of the Transylvania Open.
Raducanu’s form at both Wimbledon – in which she incredibly reached the fourth round and played on centre court – and then at the US Open has seen her rise from 311 to 19 in the world rankings this year.
She is expected to compete at the Australian Open in January.Internet Explorer Channel Network