Emma Raducanu calls for patience and control over fan expectations as she adjusts to her newfound fame … with the US Open champion set for action in Romania amid her ongoing search for a new coach.
- Emma Raducanu shocked the sports world when she won the US Open title
- You want to control expectations while adjusting to your newfound fame.
- Raducanu announced that he would no longer work with Andrew Richardson
- Briton ‘optimistic’ about finding new coach ahead of Australian Open
Emma Raducanu resumes the bright new phase of her career on Tuesday afternoon, calling on the world to keep its expectations of her in check.
She will go out in front of deserted stands to play Polona Hercog at the Transylvania Open, Covid’s curfew in this city makes it different in every way from her post-US Open appearance in Indian Wells.
Raducanu’s plea was backed by former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, a latecomer who has become Romania’s most famous sports star.
Emma Raducanu said she is ‘optimistic’ about finding a new coach ahead of the Australian Open
“I went from zero to the top of the game, so obviously it’s going to take some time to adjust,” Raducanu said.
‘I feel like everyone should be a little patient with me. I’m going to get my tennis shoes, I just need a little time. But I’m really enjoying it. ”
Halep, one of her idols growing up, served as a four-year trainee on the WTA Tour before breaking through at age 22 when she reached the final of the French Open.
A stranger at 18, she can only imagine walking in Raducanu’s shoes. “Even if she’s so young, I think she still feels the pressure, it’s normal, everyone feels it,” said the 30-year-old Romanian.
‘You should enjoy the way she is. She is super nice and we are hoping that she grows a little bit at this level because she just jumped.
“He did something great and he will probably need some time to see what it’s like to be there every week. Then she will become much stronger. ‘
Raducanu cut ties with former Davis Cup player Andrew Richardson after his historic US Open victory.
After that likely adjustment process, Halep believes there is a bright road ahead.
“She has already achieved a Grand Slam title and is capable of doing it all,” Halep added.
‘He can easily make the top 10 because he’s close already. She has a bright future and, for sure, she will be one of the best players in the world. “
Halep is right to preach cautiously and it remains true that Raducanu has missed key development steps compared to other surprise majors winners.
Next year is sure to mean the UK number one has to fill in some of the blanks. When Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17, for example, she was 13th and had reached the knockout stages in Paris.
Most recently, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu had won the title in Indian Wells six months earlier.
The Briton stunned the sports world when she won the Flushing Meadows title in September.
Perhaps the closest comparison is with Poland’s Iga Swiatek, 20, who swept Roland Garros last year from a 54th place.
However, that was his seventh Major appearance and he had reached the fourth round at the 2019 French Open. He started 2020 by making the round of 16 at the Australian Open.
It may be an interesting hint for Raducanu that his match record for Swiatek next season is 33-12. The highlight has been winning the Italian Open and Adelaide International and solid showing at the Slams as he settles down to his level, at 11th.
Hercog, 30, is a hot draw at an event where crowds are off-limits due to Covid cases. The Slovenian is best remembered by the UK public for her participation in an exciting third round at Wimbledon two years ago, in which she was beaten by 15-year-old Coco Gauff.
At 124th, she has had a poor second half of the season and hasn’t beaten a top 100 player since Roland Garros.