lIt was after take 18 of Helter Skelter that Ringo Starr uttered his famous cry, “I have blisters on my fingers.” It is not recorded how the Beatle overcame this painful condition for all manual workers – surgical spirit? Friar’s Balsam? Hansaplast? A drink of calamine lotion? meth? There are numerous ‘cures’ to the complaint that could be helpful to Emma Raducanu, who came through her second-round match against Camila Osorio last night hard, taking 165 minutes to win 7-6, 7-6, palm-down which was straight out of the exorcist. An abundance of ancient and modern treatments, but will anything work in time?
Tonight she will face Russian world No. 28 Liudmila Samsonova who, had she kept her Italian citizenship, would have been allowed to play at Wimbledon this year instead of being banned, where she made it to the fourth round as a wild card in 2021, just like Raducanu . She has a formidable serve and is content to stick to the baseline to take down her opponents with powerful groundstrokes. Normally Raducanu would try to maneuver her side to side before rolling out one of those…ahum…blowing backhand winners, but we just don’t know if she’ll be physically able to go deep into points, games and sets. to go.
That said, she says she takes comfort in surviving yesterday’s ordeal with her sore hand in the sweltering heat. “For me, it was quite a monumental effort to really get through that,” That’s what Raducanu said on Thursday.
“There were a lot of moments in both sets where you want to go for the easy option of finishing the point early, but hey, I’m just really happy and proud of how I dug in when it really mattered.
“It was three hours on the pitch, and I warmed up for about an hour this morning. It just gives you a lot of confidence to get through a game like that.”