Emma Raducanu news: Former world No.2 tells Tennis365 US Open champion destined for glory

Delight for Emma Raducanu as she wins US Open

Emma Raducanu has had a nightmare start to her 2022 season after she was knocked out of the Sydney Tennis Classic in just the opening round, but coach and former player Alex Corretja believes there is too much expectation on the British No 1.

After bursting onto the tennis scene last year and claiming victory at the US Open, the 19-year-old was thrust into the limelight and with that came pressure and expectation.

This week the British sensation proved that she isn’t invincible and is capable of being defeated – her opponent Elena Rybakina, who came into the competition in Sydney off the back of playing in the final of the Adelaide International, beating her 6-0, 6-1, narrowly avoiding a double bagel score line.

Many people have been left questioning whether Raducanu can handle the pressure, especially given she’s starting her first full year on the WTA Tour and the Australian Open, which starts on January 17, is just her eighth professional tournament, but Andy Murray’s former coach Corretja believes she just needs some time to adjust.

“She needs to adjust and adapt to a different life, she’s not a little girl from before – she’s a star,” he told Tennis365 at a Eurosport event.

“And if you are a star it’s a different situation, you need to deal with absolutely, totally different moments and everybody expects a lot from you.

“I think she needs to go slowly, it’s difficult to ask her for more, I don’t think she needs to go out there feeling like she needs to win another Grand Slam soon because she’s good enough to continue with her way and she will find it.”

There is no doubt in the two time French Open finalist’s mind that Raducanu will win another major tournament, but he thinks it’ll be a lot tougher than her win at Flushing Meadows as the players now know her game, so believes it could take some time before she’s a Grand Slam champion again.

He explained: “For sure she will win more Grand Slams and she’s ready to do it but I’m not so sure whether it’s going to be now or maybe she needs a little bit of time to understand how everything works now the players know her a little bit better.

“They know her weaknesses, they know her strengths.

“But I’m expecting a nice season from her because she’s brave, she’s determined, and I think she’s such a great player.”

Raducanu has been handed a tough draw for the Australian Open as she will face fellow US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

The Australian Open will be live on discovery+ and Eurosport from January 17th.