Former World No. 1 Likens Emma Raducanu’s Current Scenario to Maria Sharapova’s Teenage Spell

Published 10/25/2021, 3:30 PM 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


Emma Raducanu has been the name on everyone’s lips since September. The manner in which she won the US Open was simply incredible. However, all has not gone well for the teenager since then. She lost in the opening round of the Indian Wells 2021 and even fired her coach, Andrew Richardson, after her astonishing victory in New York.

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Recently, former World No. 1 Tracy Austin said that stability needs to be restored in Emma Raducanu’s camp. After the historic run at the US Open, Emma fired her coach Andrew Richardson, which did raise a few eyebrows. It’s natural to wonder why anyone would change a successful partnership? 

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Speaking on this topic, Austin stated, “She fired her coach. That’s not something I think that she should have changed quite yet because there are too many changes already. I think the foundation is so important – your family, your agent.”

Emma Raducanu faces a situation similar to Maria Sharapova

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The former World No. 1 player linked Emma’s situation to that of Maria Sharapova. When the Russian star was going through a similar phase in her career, it was her agent Max Eisenbud back then who helped her shape things out for the better. At the moment, Emma is in a situation which Sharapova faced before, additionally, they also have the same agent. 

Austin expressed that Raducanu should consider bringing Richardson back and drew parallels to Sharapova. “Max Eisenbud is her agent, he’s been through it with Maria Sharapova who won at 17 so I think that should be helpful. I’d say go back to Andrew Richardson, I saw them at the US Open before each match, they seemed to have a nice camaraderie,” said the two-time US Open champ

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after her WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 tennis match on January 28, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Coming to tennis, Raducanu will be playing in the Transylvania Open 2021. We hope she can find the right rhythm and show us the tennis she displayed on the courts in Flushing Meadows. We wish her the best of luck in all future endeavors. 

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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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