Emma Raducanu ‘miles away’ from competing with the elite says six-time Slam champion Boris Becker
Former world number one Boris Becker has questioned the recent form of Emma Raducanu, claiming she is still very far from competing with the sport’s best.
Since her US Open heroics, when she became the first ever qualifier to lift a singles Slam title, the teenager has only just five WTA tour level matches, including a recent singles win in her Billie Jean King Cup debut.
Despite winning that opening match, Raducanu then lost her second singles match with the Czech Republic regaining the lead in the tie as a result, eventually winning it 3-2.
World number 12 Raducanu is currently playing her first full season on the WTA tour and is yet to make it past the third round in her five WTA events, winning just three of her nine matches in 2022.
Her best result since September 2021 came at the end of the year when she reached the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open.
In light of of the British starlet’s bad run of form, Slam legend Becker believes that the US Open champion should not be getting eliminated before the semi-final stage in tournaments, branding her performances so far in 2022 as “unusual”.
He told Eurosport’s Das Gelbe vom Ball podcast: “The honeymoon phase is over, and the Brits are starting to worry.
“You can lose, but if you’re always eliminated in the first or second round after winning the US Open, you ask yourself ‘how is that possible now?’
“Emma won’t win every tournament, but you should be able to expect semi-finals plus or minus, but she’s miles away from that at the moment.
“It is unusual that such a young, talented girl, who rose to the top of the world overnight and achieved world fame, has since only won matches that can be counted on one hand.”
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