Emma Raducanu Under Pressure To Deliver At Wimbledon: The burden is on Emma Raducanu to end Britain’s 45-year wait for a women’s singles champion when she returns to the grass of Wimbledon next week as a Grand Slam winner.
Before pulling out of her match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic due to respiratory issues at the All England Club last year, the adolescent attracted attention during her journey to the round of 16 there.
She defeated Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final, but her Wimbledon debut only served as a precursor to a stunning victory in early September.
Raducanu, a qualifier, won the Grand Slam singles title at Flushing Meadows without dropping a set, making history the first British woman to do it since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
With sponsorship agreements piling up as she capitalized on her incredible success in New York, that triumph catapulted her to international fame.
The 19-year-old, ranked 11th in the world, has not won more than two at a tournament since. It has not been easy for her.
In addition to her inability to choose a long-term coach, Raducanu has faced criticism for her struggles with fitness and coronavirus.
Nevertheless, the pressure at her home Grand Slam will be high considering her early exits from the Australian Open and French Open.
In 2013, Andy Murray broke the 77-year men’s Wimbledon championship drought for Britain and repeated the accomplishment three years later.
Wade, who triumphed at Wimbledon in Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee year, was the last British woman to win at the All England Club.
When Viktorija Golubic forced Raducanu to quit their first-round match in Nottingham earlier this month, it put a damper on her Wimbledon preparations.
After that, the top-seeded British player ranked 10th at Wimbledon withdrew from the WTA tournament in Birmingham and skipped Eastbourne.
She has less than a set of experience playing on grass courts before Wimbledon.
When Raducanu canceled on Friday on a second practice session with Garbine Muguruza, it raised doubts about how quickly she would heal from a side issue.
As she adjusts to life as a full-time professional, she acknowledged earlier this month that she had done things “backwards” by winning a Grand Slam so early in her career.
She added that there are many obstacles in the way of that happening anytime soon.
“But I would much rather have that, learn from those experiences, and keep creating and improving,” the speaker said, “managing, learning, and growing through the difficulties that I have experienced.”
Tim Henman, a retired British player who saw Raducanu win the US Open, has advised her on how to handle playing at Wimbledon as the hometown favorite.
The former Wimbledon semifinalist stated, “You can’t control what’s being said in the press, on social media, or television, so why worry about it?
In his words to the PA news agency, “That’s not always easy when you’re young and you haven’t got the experience, but, when I think of her mental fortitude with the way that she played in New York going through those 10 matches, she’s really strong psychologically.”
“Everyone can see how good she is at tennis. She has a struggle in developing this physical toughness. However, she is just 19 and has a lot of potential ahead of her.”
To support Raducanu in adjusting to life on the WTA Tour, world number four Paula Badosa has pleaded for British supporters to ease off on Raducanu.
“She will have the time and additional tour experience she needs. People must stop placing so much pressure and expectations on her, “She stated.
“You can tell how excellent she is because of what she did—play really well at one Grand Slam and win it.”