Emma Raducanu says Wimbledon is “full steam” now as she confirms she will play after doubting she could compete.

There has been a lot of talk about her fitness, but the UK No.1 has now announced that she will be playing in this summer’s Grand Slam and is eager to compete.

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Raducanu wowed Wimbledon last year

And trained this weekend before the tournament despite doubts about her fitness

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And trained this weekend before the tournament despite doubts about her fitness

The oldest tennis tournament in the world is due to resume on Monday, but this year it will be very different from those that have gone before.

The WTA and ATP have opted to remove ranking points from the competition after Wimbledon organizers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from participating following the invasion of Ukraine.

But, most notably, he could also have missed one of Britain’s tennis stars in Raducanu.

Last year, Wimbledon saw the British star become one of the stories of the tournament, posting an impressive run and advancing to the third round on his main draw debut.

However, this year the US Open champion had a head start on the Grand Slam, with numerous injuries and being a no-show for scheduled practice at Wimbledon Friday.

Now, however, Raducanu has confirmed that she will indeed be taking part in the tournament.

Raducanu will play Alison Van Uytvanck on opening day

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Raducanu will play Alison Van Uytvanck on opening day

“And now it’s full steam ahead. Everyone is really looking forward to it. We are all ready. Right now, I’m in good shape. I’m ready to go,” the star said in a statement.

Missing the practice session, she said, “I have already practiced in the morning. So we all collectively thought it was the best decision to skip the afternoon session.

She continued: “I feel like last year I came straight out of my exams, I was fresh, ready to play. I feel the same excitement this year, because I think Wimbledon makes me highlight this in particular.

Ahead of Raducanu’s announcement, former British tennis player Barry Cowan told talkSPORT she is likely to feature for her debut match despite speculation.

However, he also said it might be difficult for her on and off the court, given that she failed to perform as well as at the US Open recently.

“From what I hear, certainly from what I heard yesterday, it’s more unlikely that she won’t play than she will play.” the former Wimbledon contender explained on The Warm Up with Charlie Baker and Lloyd Griffith.

“But even if she was 100%, the draw would have been very difficult, because her opponent Van Uytvanck won a few tournaments on grass.

“Although lower level tournaments, but still she has won a lot more tournaments in recent weeks than Raducanu.

Raducanu shocked the world when she won the US Open last September

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Raducanu shocked the world when she won the US Open last September

“She’s still so young, and going from what she used to be, which is obscurity, to one of the most well-known sportswomen in this country would be tough for her right now.”

When it came to the pressures and expectations placed on her, however, Raducanu was optimistic.

“I take any feeling as positive. I think people are going to be behind me and cheering me on,” she said.

“There is nothing negative in that. They want you to do well. I can’t wait to go out there and experience that and feel that.

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