Emma Raducanu has been praised for the way she handled ‘extreme pressure’ at Wimbledon but said she had to follow the example of Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic to unleash her full potential


Emma Raducanu has been praised for the way she handled the pressure of Wimbledon after being knocked out in the first week.

It was not the result she and the nation had been hoping for as the 19-year-old lost in the second round to Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-3.

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Raducanu didn’t go as far at Wimbledon as she hoped

Expectations for Raducanu were huge following her surprise victory at the US Open last September, with the teenager herself calling the pressure placed on her a ‘joke’.

His preparation was not ideal with an injury suffered a few weeks earlier at the Nottingham Open.

But the teenager has been hailed for her supreme mentality to deal with such pressures, in what is still only her first full season on the tour.

Former British tennis player Barry Cowan, who took Pete Sampras in five sets at Wimbledon in 2001, told talkSPORT Breakfast: “Raducanu’s biggest strength is that his mentality is off the charts.

“She’s a born champion, just her way of thinking, her way of handling things.

“I think she handled the situation very well this week at Wimbledon, considering the extreme pressure she is under outside but also inside.

Raducanu was the star attraction on center court

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Raducanu was the star attraction on center court

“I have to stress this point, she expects to win Wimbledon.”

Raducanu’s coaching situation has been a huge talking point over the past few weeks and months.

She favored short stints with coaches, parting ways with Nigel Sears – Andy Murray’s father-in-law – after Wimbledon last year, then Andrew Richardson after the US Open, and more recently Torben Beltz after less than five months.

Of her coaching situation, Cowan added: “Oddly enough, I had a heated debate about it yesterday.

“How many great tennis players at 19 haven’t had that consistent message for those most important years from 18 to 22. Very, very few.

“There will always be an exception and what she is trying to do is go against history. It is very dangerous to go against history if Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray had one constant message – Serena Williams had a father who did this.

Raducanu only spent five months working with Beltz

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Raducanu only spent five months working with Beltz

“It’s absolutely something she has to sort out.

“She reached the last 16 at Wimbledon last year, got rid of Nigel Sears, she won the US Open and got rid of her coach.

“She doesn’t have a coach at the moment. Yes, it is important for tennis players to make their own decisions, but the game needs to improve.

“If her game can improve and work on the aspects that are ultimately her talent, then she will improve.”

But Cowan urged patience and believed the teenager would be a top player for years to come.

He said, “We shouldn’t worry. She is 19 years old.

“If she can get the right people around her to work on her game, then in two or three years she won’t have any worries.”

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