Emma Raducanu should aim to “win four matches a week”, says former US Open champion
US Open champion Andy Roddick believes Emma Raducanu needs to improve her consistency, with “winning three to four games a week” being the new “benchmark.”
19-year-old Brit Raducanu won the US Open as a qualifier, but Roddick feels she did so well largely because of the lack of expectations placed upon her.
After her US Open win, Raducanu struggled for form at both the Indian Wells Masters and the Upper Austria Ladies Linz. She also battled through an injury in her Ladies Linz loss to Xinyu Wang.
Raducanu has taken a holiday to rest after her sensational season, but will soon turn her attention towards preparation for next season when she features at the Royal Albert Hall’s Champions Tennis Exhibition.
The exhibition tournament will be her first match in Britain since her monumental US Open win, but also her first under her newly-appointed coach Torben Beltz.
Beltz previously coached former World number one and three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, guiding her to two of her three Grand Slams.
Former World number one Andy Roddick told Tennis Channel Live that “the hardest thing in sport in my opinion is expectation.
“What she did at the US Open was unbelievable but it was largely without the expectation of ‘if you don’t win this final it’s bad for you’, it was all gravy (slang for great) from the third round on for her, without taking anything away from her.
“But it is a different type of pressure set now, I was going to say quarter-finals [as an expectation]. What I would want to see is consistent weeks where she is winning three matches, winning four matches every week.
“That would be the next benchmark if I am on her team, getting the consistency dialled in so that our baseline is top 20 in the world and our upper echelon is what you did at the US Open, which we were all amazed by.”
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