Emma Raducanu is in a race against the clock as she pushes to get back to fitness ahead of the Australian Open.
After withdrawing from the ASB Classic with an ankle injury, concerns have loomed over the Brit’s chances of competing in Melbourne later this month.
However, Raducanu may have settled some nerves after posting a promising update on her Instagram.
The 20-year-old has uploaded a slideshow post of a recent training session, with the first picture showing her lying down and seemingly recovering.
The next is a short clip of Raducanu putting in the work on a climbing machine.
Video: Emma Raducanu filmed working hard as she pushes to recover from injury
The ‘VersaClimber’ machine that Raducanu is using is described as being “ideal for people with previous lower body injuries or those who want to avoid high impact exercise such as running” on the product’s website.
Raducanu can be seen with strapping on her ankle but it looks to be in good form during her workout. She has also uploaded a photo of her in action on the court, which is another promising glimpse into her fitness levels.
“Day by day,” the star captioned her post, along with the eyes emoji.
Will Emma Raducanu be fit for the Australian Open?
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 03: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates a point during her singles match against Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic during day two of the 2023 ASB Classic Women’s at the ASB Tennis Arena on January 03, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
So far there has been no confirmation on whether Raducanu will be given the green light to compete at the Australian Open.
If she does regain her fitness in time, it will be just the second time she will play at Melbourne Park.
The Brit made her debut at the Aussie Grand Slam last year, fresh from stunning the world with her 2021 US Open title win.
However, it was not quite the fairytale she experienced in New York just three months prior.
Raducanu entered the Australian Open as the 17th seed and beat Sloane Stephens in the first round, but her journey ended at the next hurdle when Danka Kovinic beat her in three sets.
Emma Raducanu struggled with a blister during her second round match at the Australian Open
Raducanu had a difficult time with blisters on her hands last year and was warned by her team not to compete in the second round.
She went ahead but was extremely limited in her performance and was unable to hit forehands.
If she competes at this year’s Australian Open, she will certainly hope to better last year’s result and reach further in the tournament.
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