Tennis Coach Compares Emma Raducanu’s Situation With Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens, Bianca Andreescu’s Hangover Effect

Published 10/11/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) reacts after losing a point to Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports


British teenager Emma Raducanu was most recently seen at the Indian Wells 2021. It was her first appearance in a 1000 event and the youngster entered the tournament by receiving a wild card. Sadly, she was knocked out in the opening round, losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets. 

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Reflecting on her loss, coach Kamau Murray spoke on the unfortunate outcome. The former coach of Sloane Stephens could relate to the situation Emma Raducanu is currently in. He compared it to the situation of Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, and Sloane Stephens. 

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Emma Raducanu shouldn’t go down the line 

After all three players won Grand Slam titles, they were unable to maintain the successful spells consistently. It happened in the case of Sloane, followed by Bianca. This season one can notice the same loss of consistency in Naomi’s case. 

Murray spoke on this topic and stated, “Sometimes when you win a Grand Slam, we see the hangover effect. Sloane had a little bit of a hangover effect, Andreescu had a little bit of a hangover effect, Osaka’s sort of struggling right now. We’ve got to surround these players with people who have been there before, a little bit of experience.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Sloane Stephens of the United States celebrates a point during the women’s singles quarter-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on Day Nine of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lack of desire after Grand Slam success? 

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All these players won Grand Slam events early on in their careers. And an important aspect is for players to remain humble after tasting success. 

The well-known coach further added, “And they’ve got to stay humble and listen. A lot of times players have a big win and their ears sort of getting a little big closed right, and they start to sort of believing their own hype.”

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Coming back to Raducanu, it will be interesting to see what her next move will be. She has already decided to change her coach and will be eager to get back to her winning ways.

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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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