Emma Raducanu showcased an impressive body transformation at Indian Wells after packing on the muscle. The 20-year-old is seemingly reaping the rewards from her partnership with Jez Green, who could prove to be the most important appointment of her career to date.
Last October, Raducanu approached Green to overcome the persistent fitness issues that have thwarted her WTA Tour career since that magical summer of 2021.
She began working with the physical conditioning specialist during off-season training with a view to making the partnership permanent.
Green was a central figure in British icon Andy Murray’s adaptation to the ATP Tour before his rise from a lean teenager hindered by injuries into the world No 1.
And he looks to have had a similar early impact on Raducanu, who boasted an amazing physique in California this month.
After a stringent training regime with Green, the former US Open champion walked onto the court sporting a bulkier look than 12 months ago.
She looks to have started her transformation before Green’s arrival, posting a clip of lifting four times her body weight in February 2022.
Raducanu was lifting 180kg during a gym session, despite weighing just 55kg at the time, and her long-term graft has paid off.
As she started her Indian Wells campaign against Danka Kovinic, Raducanu’s shoulders looked leaner, and her thighs looked more muscular.
It helped her breeze past Kovinic and 20th seed Magda Linette in straight sets before overcoming 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in three.
But Raducanu couldn’t progress past the round of 16 after coming up against world No 1 Iga Swiatek, losing 6-3 6-1.
Despite her exit, the SW19 fan favourite insisted she was optimistic for the rest of the season as she eyes the Miami Open next.
She said: “I think overall, I can say it was a positive week for me and the team. I think we had a run of three really good matches.
“It was a good experience today playing Iga [Swiatek] on that court at night. I think the conditions are very slow and heavy and favoured her. But, yeah, it’s just good to see where I’m at.
“I think it’s been a good 10 days. I haven’t trained particularly much before the tournament, but I feel like I’ll probably take a day to recover tomorrow physically.
“Because since the tournament started, I have done a little bit of something every day. So [I will] reset a bit mentally and physically tomorrow and then take it from there.”