Emma Raducanu has been quite erratic in her recent performances. Since the historic US Open win, she has done poorly in just about every tournament, with the exception of a select few. She recently got knocked out of the French Open 2022 in the second round by Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Raducanu played an impressive first set and won 6-3 to set the tone for the match. But in the next set, her level just dropped. She got her serves broken easily and was not able to put enough pressure as Sasnovich won the following two sets 6-1, 6-1, and closed out the match.
It seems like there is something more than just the weight of expectations that is holding Raducanu back. She lost the power in her serves, and her returns were much less effective. The former world number 1 and American tennis legend John McEnroe gives out some pointers as to why Emma Raducanu has been stumbling recently.
John McEnroe says that Emma should not have made so many coach changes.
John McEnroe said that there are mainly two points responsible for such dismal performances from Raducanu. He said:
“Honestly, if I won the US Open having gone through qualifying, I wouldn’t change my coach at least for the next year, so I don’t understand that move. Obviously her parents are involved and they know more than I know. But this idea of a revolving door of coaches I just don’t think that’s good for any player, much less so for a player at this stage of her career. We have to wait and see and hopefully she finds someone she can stick with for a while.”
McEnroe has blamed too much intervention from Raducanu’s parents to be a huge factor. Another point of concern for Raducanu, as highlighted by McEnroe, is the amount of pressure she is facing and the on-court factor being her movement. Raducanu’s movement has not been very impressive, but McEnroe hopes that she will be able to cope up with all these factors in some years and get back on track. He concluded:
“All of a sudden, there is this pressure on her, this expectation, that has gotten a little bit overwhelming as well. She has changed coaches, three, four or five times which is unbelievable for someone who has just come off winning a major. I think movement is an issue for her, obviously experience, she is still very young. She has sort of put herself in a difficult position because a lot is expected of her”
It can be tough to handle all these conditions but if Emma is able to come out of her slump, she will be able to play more freely and be able to perform as is expected from a player of her caliber and win some tournaments again.
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