“Emma Raducanu is playing as well as she did in New York” Tim Henman believes the teen is in a ‘learning curve of a brutal sport’

Despite failing to win consecutive matches since she won the 2021 US Open, Tim Henman believes Emma Raducanu is playing well on the Tour.

Emma Raducanu and Tim Henman
Emma Raducanu and Tim Henman

Emma Raducanu suffered yet another defeat in the early stages of a tournament as she loses in the second round at the 2022 Miami Open. Up against Katerina Siniakova in her tournament debut, Emma went down in 3-sets despite serving for the match and being a break up as well but failed to capitalise on it.

The defeat means that Emma has now lost 8 matches of the 12 she has played since winning the 2021 US Open with 7 matches this season of which she has won only 2. Emma is fighting consistently in 3-setters but is failing to win the matches. Having not won consecutive matches since October last year, the Brit is desperately in need of a good run.

Despite these results, former British No. 1 and World No. 4 Tim Henman believes that the teenager is playing well and in a similar manner in which she won the US Open ranked 150th in the world and shocked the whole globe with her brilliant run that made her one of the youngest Grand Slam champions ever.

“It’s an unbelievably tough loss for Emma. She did everything but win the match and the quality from both women was fantastic. Everyone is going to compare the way she played at the US Open to here, but I think she played just as well as she did in New York. The reality is all the big points and big games, she managed to win in New York.

“It hasn’t happened here, but that’s why this is such a brutal sport. It’s a massive learning curve for Raducanu, but there are still so many positives to take from this match,” said Hernan speaking with Amazon Video.

What’s next for Emma Raducanu?

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

With the hardcourt season stopping for a while now, Emma will make her debut on clay courts of the WTA Tour finally. With qualifiers of the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup coming up next month, the teenager will also represent the British team for the first time in the competition making her debut. Having displayed her skills and potential on both Grass and hard courts, it will be interesting to see how does the teenager fare on the clay courts.

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