Tennis news roundup including Iga Swiatek and Emma Raducanu


Tennis News ‘Second Service’: Iga Swiatek urges governing bodies to rethink lineup, Emma Raducanu suffers another early exit

Looking back on big tennis news in our exclusive ‘second serve’… Iga Swiatek urged governing bodies to rethink ‘dangerous’ schedules with Emma Raducanu undergoing another early exit, more more…

For starters, Iga Swiatek criticized the WTA and ITF for scheduling the Circuit Finals and the Billie Jean King Cup so close together.

The US Open champion opted out of the Billie Jean King Cup due to her proximity to the WTA Finals.

The WTA Finals will take place from October 31 to November 7 in Fort Worth, Texas. Immediately after, from November 8, the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup start across the Atlantic in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

“I’ve thought about it a lot and discussed it with my team, but I won’t be able to play the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek announced on social media. “It makes me sad. I’m really sorry, because I play for Poland whenever possible and I always do my best.

Read the full story here.

In other tennis news, Emma Raducanu is absent from the WTA 500 Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic after losing to Daria Kasatkina.

The British number one had the misfortune to draw the French Open semi-finalist in the first round, losing 7-5, 6-4 to the world number 11. On the other hand, the draw was also tough for Kasatkina considering Raducanu’s ranking of 67th in the world, given that she has a Slam title to her name.

Read all about it here.

Emma Raducanu Cincinnati Open 2022

Additionally, Casper Ruud admitted that he may have pushed his body too far after his first-round exit at the Japan Open.

The US Open runner-up was seeded first at the ATP 500 event in Tokyo but lost to world number 58 Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-3 in a tired display.

“I may have pushed a bit too hard and tried to play too many tournaments and too many matches in a row, but I really wanted to come to Asia and play those tournaments,” said the world number three. “Today I couldn’t bring my best level but it’s an experience and a situation that I will try to learn from.”

Read the full piece here.

Casper Ruud celebrates his US Open final

To conclude, Carlos Alcaraz reflected on his Astana Open first round loss as he contemplates the end of the ATP season.

The world number one was the top seed at the ATP 500 event in Kazakhstan, but lost to former world number seven David Goffin in his first match. He lost in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, a result he hasn’t faced all year after playing 62 straight games winning at least one set.

“It was a difficult game, David played wonderfully,” Alcaraz said according to Marca after the defeat. “Coming back to competition is never easy. [Goffin] has already played two matches on this ground, which is not the easiest to tame. It’s very slow and it was complicated.

Read all about it here.

Carlos Alcaraz US Open 2022

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