What Emma Raducanu Should Do Now As Trouble Grows For Bruised US Open Champion


Emma Raducanu – What Emma Raducanu should do next as troubles mount for bruised US Open champ – EPA

It’s been a week since the US Open champion might want to forget, but how can the Brit get her season back on track ahead of this month’s major in New York? Telegraaf Sport explains. . .

Losing opponents may not be defeated by

Emma Raducanu’s defeat to number 60 Liudmila Samsonova in Washington DC was just her last against much lower-ranked players.

Despite a brilliant start, the 19-year-old lost a 5-2 lead in the first set tie-break and lost 8-6 – then things started to fall apart. Faulty groundstrokes and inconsistent service cost Raducanu the second set 6-1.

Just 22 days before the US Open, where she will defend her title, Britain’s No. 1 female tennis player – and on paper the 10th best woman in the world – has a lot of problems to tackle.

In New York last September, she defeated five opponents in the top-50 on her way to the title. Since then, however, her form has been patchy. She has racked up impressive wins against fellow US Open champion Sloane Stephens and French Open doubles champion Caroline Garcia – and made it to the quarterfinals of three WTA Tour events. A 6-4, 6-4 defeat to the world No. 1 Iga Swiatek showed that Raducanu can compete with the best and that it is not her general ability.

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Since New York, however, she has played in 16 tournaments and was eliminated 14 times by a lower-ranked player.
Her 2022 record stands at: P23, L13, W10, with first-round exits in Sydney, Guadalajara, Miami, Rome and Nottingham.

Emma Raducanu - What Emma Raducanu should do next as troubles mount for bruised US Open champ - EPA

Emma Raducanu – What Emma Raducanu should do next as troubles mount for bruised US Open champ – EPA


Despite her age, questions begin to arise about Raducanu’s stamina. During her US Open run, she defeated 10 opponents in 17 days without dropping a set. Of the 19 lower pro tournaments she played before 2021, Raducanu retired from four.

Since her win at the US Open, she has withdrawn from three of her 29 games. In matches that went to three sets, she lost six out of ten outright and dropped out in another.

She has complained separately for the past year of sore ribs, shortness of breath and a foot injury.

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The Citi Open in Washington DC brought the blisters back. A blister on her racket hand hampered her efforts at the Australian Open early in the year, while a blister on her right foot derailed her movement during her straight-set loss to Marketa Vondrousova in the Billie Jean King Cup in April.

It will be crucial to manage the burden on her right for New York.


On September 24, she announced that she had broken up with her US Open mentor Andrew Richardson. Since then, she has hired and fired two more coaches and now works on a “temporary basis” with Dmitry Tursunov – a former player who helped Russia achieve Davis Cup glory in 2006.

Dmitry Tursunov - GETTY IMAGES

Dmitry Tursunov – GETTY IMAGES

Raducanu is now at the center of a political maelstrom after it emerged that Tursunov appeared to be blocked from entering the UK this summer while coaching world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit. Telegraph Sport has been informed that any Russian or Belarusian coach who participates in Wimbledon and warm-up events held in the UK was required to sign a statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine led by the government. Tursunov, who appears to have made no public comment on the invasion, parted ways with Konveit at the start of the UK grass pitch season.

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A Raducanu spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment on the political implications of Tursunov’s appointment or the due diligence that preceded it. With her father Ian pulling the strings and having a penchant for mining coaches for information and then throwing them out, some have expressed reservations about taking her under their wing.

What happens now?

Raducanu goes to Canada and the National Bank Open in Toronto, followed by the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Then it’s the US Open, which starts on August 29.

The ranking system operates on a rolling 12-month basis and it means 2,040 points from Raducnu’s total will fall ahead of New York, 2,000 of which come from her US Open victory.

Since then, she has added less than 1,000 points in a year. Currently, Raducanu only has 2,772 points, so if she lost 2,040 points, she would drop to just 732 ranking points. That would put her at number 85 in the world in the current ranking – equal to compatriot Harriet Dart.

“There is no pressure,” she said in June. “I’m still 19. I’m a slam champion, so no one can take that away from me. At least the pressure is on those who haven’t.”


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