Emma Raducanu ‘unlikely to add Slams any time soon’ declares top analyst
Andrew Castle believes that Emma Raducanu needs a few more full seasons of experience before she can be expected to add another Major to her US Open triumph.
Since her sensational New York victory in September, Raducanu has a win-loss record of 3-6 as she adjusts to life on the year-round WTA tour.
Many within the sport have called for patience with the teen talent as she finds her feet as a season regular, with Castle feeling the same way.
“I still can’t get over the fact of where she has come from and where she is now and how quickly it has all happened,” he said in a recent interview.
“Now those of us in the game are saying hold your horses.
“You are unlikely to see her winning another Grand Slam any time soon.
“She is going to need two or three years to build into being a regular WTA tour player.
“I know she won the US Open without losing a set, 10 matches, coming through qualifying and it is remarkable.
“That was an illustration of talent and it was almost an aberration, some madness that she went ahead and won that.”
Raducanu only claimed her first regular WTA tour match win afterher astounding US Open run, defeating Polona Hercog in the first round of the 250 level Transylvania Open in October.
Unfortunately, the unbelievable nature of Raducanu’s Slam success sets expectations incredibly high from those who do not follow the game consistently.
“So to ask people to be patient now, I don’t think they really understand,” Castle continued on the subject.
“So people will write her off if she goes out in the first or second round of events and that’s what she will do.
“That is life on tour, even the world number one loses matches.
“It’s just a question of waiting and allowing her to gain and gather experience.”
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