A Wimbledon run for Emma Raducanu would be a ‘surprise’ says former doubles star
Former doubles legend Pam Shriver has claimed that a successful run for Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon would be a “surprise” as the American admitted she “doesn’t expect a lot from Raducanu at SW19.”
The US Open champion has struggled for consistent form and fitness during her first full season on the WTA tour, as she heads into Wimbledon with only 8 wins from 19 matches this season.
Raducanu has had to deal with a spate of injuries this season including blister problems at the Australian Open which were followed by a withdrawal in Mexico with a hip injury.
In March the injury woes continued as Raducanu was beaten in the first round at Indian Wells as she suffered from a stiff back, while blisters returned in the Billie Jean King Cup.
Most recently, the British number one was forced retire due to an abdominal injury in her first round match at the Nottingham Open against Viktorija Golubic after just 33 minutes of action.
Discussing Emma Raducanu’s injury problems and form, renowned pundit Pam Shriver claimed that she is not surprised by “Raducanu’s struggles” and believes that the teenager will not go far in the tournament.
Speaking in a recent interview, the 59-year-old told reporters, “It doesn’t really surprise me that she’s had her struggles. After my first US Open at only 16 years old, I reached the final and lost to Chrissie Evert. That was back in the late 70s at the start of the big Tennis boom, it was in my home country.
“The US Open was my only Major final, you never know how many more you might reach. It’s about finding a balance between the off-court obligations and on-court practise. The situation has been further compounded by a lot of different coaching transitions, which I’m not in favor of.
“I don’t know why it’s been so complicated to get a coach to help for this next phase of time, but it clearly has been. I don’t expect a lot from Raducanu at Wimbledon.
“She’s had a lot of injuries, not enough time on the court, and there’s plenty of pressure back at her home slam, the place where she didn’t return to the court to finish her match 12 months ago. Putting all of that together, I’d be surprised if she made a deep run.”
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