Spanish No. 1 Paula Badosa came to Emma Raducanu‘s rescue in light of the young Brit getting criticised for consistent injuries and poor form ever since she ended Britain’s wait of 44 years of a female Grand Slam champion by winning the 2021 US Open ranked 150th in the world and won 10 consecutive matches (including the qualifier rounds) without dropping a single set during the title run.
While Emma has risen to World No. 11, the performances and results have not followed as the Brit is currently 8-11 for the season, yet to go past the quarter-final round which she reached only once this season, at the 2022 Stuttgart Open losing to World No. 1 Iga Swiatek in what was her first-ever meeting against a tour ranking leader. Emma has not won three consecutive matches this season and with constant injury issues, has been criticised a lot.
Paula Badosa believes Emma Raducanu just needs time
Badosa had earlier also spoken about how the constant presence of media is harmful to growing teenagers like Carlos Alcaraz and Raducanu. But this time the Spaniard stressed on British media more importantly who have not backed their youngest star as much as they should have and despite the setbacks so far this season, Badosa believes a little patience is all it takes.
“I mean her situation is very tough and she already did amazing things in this sport at a very young age and I think most of the people are tough on her. On the other side maybe I can understand [that] press is press but still, it puts so much pressure on her and she’s a teenager still and [has] so much to learn. I think she needs time and she needs more experience on tour, and she will get it.
“But I think people have to stop putting all this pressure on her and expectation because what she did is played very, very well in one Grand Slam and she won it so you can see how good she is. But you cannot expect her to win every match and every tournament because that is impossible so I think she needs time and she will get it because she has a lot of talent,” said Badosa as reported by Express UK as the whole world now looks at the UK for the upcoming 2022 Wimbledon Championships.