Emma Raducanu’s incredible 12-month body transformation leaves tennis fans in awe
Emma Raducanu’s incredible 12-month body transformation has left fans stunned.
Fans are used to seeing the British ace’s slim and lean physique on the tennis court. But the 20-year-old looked very different when she competed in Indian Wells earlier this week.
Fans were shocked when she took to the pitch with a much bulkier physique, leaner shoulders and muscular thighs compared to her 2022 performance. Raducanu began a rigorous training program led by conditioning specialist Jez Green last year to help to deal with her constant injuries, which seems to have been enough.
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She gave fans a glimpse of her intense training journey when she posted a clip in February 2022 in which she lifted four times her body weight. At the time, the brunette weighed around 55kg and was photographed lifting 180kg with 20kg weights during a grueling workout session.
And after revealing her latest physical development, fans assume she could return to the form she won the 2021 US Open in. One user said: “Step in the right direction if you want to stay fit. Those shoulders look strong,” and a second fan commented, “Lots more muscle mass.”
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A third supported added: “Obviously your off-season work with Jez Green has paid off. Looks like a pro Tour athlete now and not a junior.” Then a fourth said, “Damn, looks like she’s been training. I can’t wait to see what she brings in 2023.”
And a fifth fan mused: “You can really see she’s put on muscle. I thought her legs look stronger than when she won the USO, but it’s clear when you see them side by side.” Unfortunately, Raducanu’s strong limbs couldn’t stop her, at the Indian Wells tournament to fall against the defending champion Iga Swiatek, who won the duel 6:3, 6:1.
But despite the loss, Raducanu was optimistic about their performance and the future. She said: “I think overall I can say it’s been a positive week for me. The team, I think we had three really good games.
“It was a good experience to play against Iga on this pitch tonight. I think the conditions are very slow and difficult and have favored them. But yeah, it’s just good to see where I stand.
“I think it was a good 10 days. I didn’t train very much before the tournament, but I feel like tomorrow I’ll probably need a day to recover physically because I’ve been doing a little bit every day since the tournament started. So (I’m going to) reset a bit mentally and physically tomorrow and then go from there.