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Emma Raducanu says it is 'full steam ahead' as she declares herself fit for Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu makes Wimbledon declaration: "I’m fit. I’m ready to go. I’m looking forward to it."
Emma Raducanu during practice at Wimbledon

British number one Emma Raducanu says it is 'full steam ahead' as she declared herself fit for Wimbledon.

The US Open champion has struggled with injury this season and her Wimbledon hopes looked like they could be over after sustaining a muscular injury in Nottingham earlier this month.

However, she has been practicing since and now has confidence she will be able to stand up to the physical test in SW19.

“I think that this week was a good build-up,” Raducanu said.

“There were moments earlier on in the week we weren’t really sure. We were sort of going to see how the week goes.

"But it went pretty well. Now it’s full steam ahead. Right now I’m fit. I’m ready to go. I’m looking forward to it. That’s it.

“I’ve been managing it since Nottingham. I took two weeks off. Yesterday we just had to react to the situation.

"I already practiced in the morning, so we all collectively thought it was the best decision to pass on the afternoon session as well and stay fresh and ready to go.”

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Emma Raducanu will get her tournament underway against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, a player she has already beaten last year in Chicago.

That bodes well for her chances of making a strong start to the tournament, but at the same time she won't be underestimating her foe.

“I definitely feel game-wise I back myself pretty much against anyone,” Raducanu said.

“I feel if I really put my mind to it and commit, then I can be pretty good. So I’m definitely looking forward to the match.

“But she’s a real tricky opponent, especially on grass courts. I think this surface definitely suits her well. She plays a pretty quick, high-tempo game.

"It’s definitely going to take some getting used to, being prepared for that straightaway.”

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