Emma Raducanu is not afraid of anyone in the WTA Tour
With her recent trip to Wimbledon’s Round of 16, British tennis star Emma Raducanu has proven she has a bright future and she’s not afraid of anyone. She might have lost to Ajla Tomljanović but Emma proved she deserves the spotlight as a younger player.
At just 18 years of age, Emma has broken into the scene earlier this year when she played in the 2021 Nottingham Open as a wildcard in June. She then tackled the massive task of playing in the Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard again. This time, she advanced up the Round of 16 by beating the likes of Sorana Cîrstea and Markéta Vondroušová.
Emma had to retire from her match against Alja due to breathing issues but it was a solid performance from the youngster. If she can do this again in the future, you can expect Emma to be a consistent star in the loaded WTA Tour.
Her coach Matt James is confident in his player’s future.
‘You could tell straight away that she’s pretty special’, James said. ‘You knew she could handle the big occasions and it’s just a case of making those big improvements on the court to back it up’.
In the match against Cîrstea, Emma proved that she can step up against tough opponents. She was not favoured in most of her matches but Emma made sure to prove the doubters wrong by performing under pressure.
James was proud of his student since Emma is still a fresh face in the pro scene. However, that can actually help her because everyone is unaware and she can pull off surprise upsets just like what she did in Wimbledon.
‘It’s probably a little bit sooner than I thought because she hasn’t played many matches in the last year but she’s really taken her opportunity’, the coach said. ‘She’s three matches in and physically she looks strong. She’ll be worrying all the opponents now. I don’t think Emma really fears anyone’.
It is a bright future ahead for Emma in the WTA Tour. She’s only getting started but she already has a breakout performance under her belt and there’s nowhere to go but up.
Words: Cholo Martin