Former British No. 1 Details Why It’s Not the Right Time To ‘Assess’ Emma Raducanu’s Game

Published 10/12/2021, 5:41 AM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has had one of the best inaugural seasons in an athlete’s career. She won the US Open this year, which was her second appearance in a Grand Slam event. However, she did suffer a setback recently, losing in the opening round of the Indian Wells Open. 

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After her triumph at the Flushing Meadows, Emma Raducanu competed in her first WTA 1000 event in the desert. However, her performance indicated that the youngster is relatively inexperienced, with regard to making consecutive appearances on the Tour.

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Recently, former British No. 1 Tim Henman opened up on the teenager’s outing in the desert. He feels that although she has tremendous potential and will do wonders in the sport, she currently lacks experience. 

The 47-year-old stated, “I think that’s probably getting a little ahead of ourselves. She has shown her enormous potential by what she did in New York, but she is still so young and so inexperienced. She has played so few events on the tour, let alone a grand slam level. I think it’s very easy to get ahead of ourselves. I remember having a conversation regarding some of the young up-and-coming players on the men’s tour and to really understand where a player is at and their development.”

Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Henman went on to state that Emma has not played each of the Grand Slam events; notably, she is yet to appear in the Australian Open and the French Open. To see her compete on the clay will be interesting as players come up with different strategies to outclass their counterparts. How well will Emma cope with the conditions? 

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Speaking of the same, the 4-time Wimbledon semifinalist stated, “For you get a very good insight once they’ve played every tournament twice. To put it into context, she has never played the clay-court swing, she’s never played Roland Garros, she has never played the Australian Open. Once she has played all those events twice, then we will be able to assess where her game is at.”

At the moment, she has exited from the Indian Wells tournament. It will be interesting to see what her next move will be. Where do you think Emma will display her heroics next? 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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