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‘She has just a lot to learn,’ Sloane Stephens questions Emma Raducanu’s on-court behavior

Sloane Stephens believes Emma Raducanu has a lot to learn, after biting the dust in the first round of Australian Open 2022.

Emma Raducanu, Sloane Stephens

Emma Raducanu booked a place in the second round of Australian Open 2022, as she defeated fellow US Open champion, Sloane Stephens in the first round. The Briton won 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 to advance further. The youngster started off in a blistering manner, as she wrapped up the first set in just about 17 minutes.

However, she was broke thrice in the second set which she squandered away, due to poor game management. In the final set, Raducanu got her act together, and reigned supreme once again. Sloane Stephens, US Open 2017 champion has seen several ups and downs in her tennis career so far, and commented on the long road that lies ahead for Raducanu.

Sloane Stephens questioned Raducanu’s on court behavior during her first round win, and also stated that the youngster has a lot to learn. Stephens warned the Briton about several ups and downs on her path ahead, as it will not be as easy as it has been for the US Open 2021 champion.

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There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs: Sloane Stephens on Emma Raducanu

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens stated that a tennis player generally faces lots of ups and downs in tennis, and that is all a part of the cycle.

Everyone saw after the first point she gave like a massive scream. She played me, someone she’s ranking-wise supposed to beat. And, I mean, yeah, she won. Because she is so young it’s definitely a long road, so there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs. I think she, yeah, has just a lot to learn,” Stephens said.

Moreover, Stephens has advised Raducanu to start dealing with the lows in tennis in the early stages of her career, as these are inevitable parts of the long journey.

I was talking to someone in the locker room and I’m like. We’ll be here when she comes down. Not Emma but just in general. It all is like a cycle, and I think learning how to deal with it early on is the best way to handle it. Just because there’s always a lot of ups and downs in tennis,” the American added.

Emma Raducanu will next face Danka Kovinic in the second round encounter on Thursday. The Briton stated that she was inspired by Andy Murray’s five set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round encounter on Tuesday.

I was, actually [watching his match], because when I was in the third set, I thought Andy was up a set. Then he got pushed to five. But he fought back so hard in the fifth set and took the decider. So when I went to three [sets] I was also thinking Actually, I can fight back and win the decider.” You know, fight like he did. So I was definitely inspired by him,” Raducanu said.

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