Expert analyst urges caution but thinks Emma Raducanu will ‘for sure win more Grand Slams’
Alex Corretja sung the praises of Emma Raducanu and believes she can win more Grand Slams, but feels “she needs to go slowly” and is “good enough to find her own way.”
19-year-old British sensation Raducanu attracted the world’s attention when she won the US Open, becoming the first qualifier to ever claim a Grand Slam.
Raducanu achieved this feat without dropping a single set and beating some of the world’s best en route to her monumental Flushing Meadows win, including World number five Maria Sakkari and Swiss Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic.
The young Brit swept multiple prestigious awards, including the WTA Newcomer of the Year, BT Sport Action Woman of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
However, the US Open winner started her first full season on the WTA tour on bad footing after being emphatically beaten 6-0, 6-1 by Elena Rybakina.
Raducanu has also been handed a tough opening fixture at the upcoming Australian Open, being paired against 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens.
As a result of her maiden Grand Slam title, expectations placed upon the youngster have increased a hundred-fold.
Speaking with Tennis365 at a Eurosport event, Corretja said “she needs to adjust and adapt to a different life, she’s not a little girl from before – she’s a star.
“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.
“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.”
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