‘I Don’t Think So’ – Chris Evert Shuts Down Invalid Emma Raducanu Criticism After Seeing Her Solid Performance at Madrid Open 2022

Published 05/02/2022, 3:00 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

British tennis star Emma Raducanu hasn’t had a great start this year after a tremendous 2021. After winning the US Open last year, she became an overnight sensation. Then, she made deals with various brands as she often promotes them on her social media.

Meanwhile, many fans criticized her for doing too much brand promotion rather than focusing on tennis. Legendary American tennis icon Chris Evert recently took a dig at those people after Emma’s recent win at the Madrid Open. 

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Emma Raducanu wins at Madrid Open, Chris Evert applauds 

Praising Raducanu’s triumph, Evert tweeted, “And the doubters think Emma is more focused on endorsements and appearances? I don’t think so….”

It is worth noting that Raducanu faced a lot of criticism after signing endorsement deal with Porsche as she became the brand ambassador.

Currently, the 19-year-old Brit is playing in Madrid and cruised through to the fourth round after beating Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk. The match lasted just over an hour as Raducanu thrashed Marta, 6-2,6-1. In this match, Raducanu pulled some amazing numbers as she won 88% of points with her first serve. Also, the rising teenage prodigy didn’t face a single break point in the entire match.

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Raducanu is one win away from her first WTA 1000 quarter-final

Raducanu is currently ranked no.11 in the WTA rankings despite a poor run at tournaments. However, it seems like she finally found her form at the Madrid Open as her performances keep getting better. After winning against Kostyuk, she will face another Ukrainian player Anhelina Kalinina in the pre-quarters.

Tennis – Champions Tennis – The Royal Albert Hall, London, Britain – November 28, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her match against Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse REUTERS/Tony Obrien

If she beats her opponent, she will reach her first-ever quarter-final of a WTA 1000 tournament. Notably, she only won one title in her short career and that was the 2021 US Open. Incidentally, Raducanu didn’t get a chance to play the French Open. As a result, winning matches on the red dirt will boost her confidence ahead of Roland Garros. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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