Former World Number 3 Says Emma Raducanu Will Mostly Drop Out of WTA’s Top 20

Published 01/03/2022, 5:59 AM EST
Tennis – WTA 250 – Upper Austria Ladies Linz – TipsArena Linz, Linz, Austria – November 9, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu looks dejected after losing her round of 16 match against China’s Wang Xinyu REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Former World No. 3 Pam Shriver feels the year 2022 is going to be a challenging one for Emma Raducanu. The 19-year-old reached the pinnacle at US Open 2021, as she lifted her maiden Grand Slam title. However, Shriver believes Raducanu lacks WTA experience.

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According to her, this year we will be able to have a clear picture of Raducanu’s consistency. Apart from Pam, many other analysts have also conveyed the same point about the Brit.

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2022 will be tricky for Emma Raducanu, says former World No. 3

Former American tennis player, Pam Shriver considers the current year to be pivotal for the British sensation. Despite raising the prestigious US Open 2021, Raducanu has no notable accomplishments on the WTA circuit.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Shriver stated, ” I think 2022 is going to continue to be a challenge for her. I think it’s going to be 2023 when we have a clearer idea of what her consistency level is going to be.”

Pam added, ” I might be wrong, but it was such a sudden, unnatural step from qualifying to winning a major never been done before followed up by all these new business partnerships, recognition, and coaching changes.”

The last few months were pretty complex for the Brit with all the coaching situations.

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Raducanu’s WTA experience

Emma Raducanu certainly showed her full capability at the US Open 2021. Coming from the qualifying stages to beating a 19-year-old, Leylah Fernandez in the finals of the competition was truly commendable. However, she hasn’t been able to dominate on the WTA Tour.

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On this, former World No. 3 quoted, ” So Raducanu heads into 2022 still a teenager. She’s played all of eight WTA events and coming off what for many would be the achievement of a lifetime. I’d be surprised if she’s still in the Top 20 at the end of the year.”

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

The Australian leg has already begun, however, there isn’t good news coming for Emma Raducanu’s fans. The Brit has pulled out from this week’s Australian Open warm-up event. Raducanu has just returned from the isolation period, after testing positive for COVID-19 last month.

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We hope to see Emma Raducanu at the Australian Open 2022, starting from 17th January.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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