What Emma Radocano should do next as problems mount for the stricken US Open champion

Emma Radocano – What Emma Radocano should do next as problems mount for doomed US Open champion – EPA

It’s been another week the US Open champion might want to forget, but how can Britain get her season back on track before this month’s tournament in New York? Explains Telegraph Sport. . .

Losing to opponents should not defeat them

Emma Radocano’s defeat to world number 60 Lyudmila Samsonova in Washington, DC was her last defeat to much lower ranked players.

Despite a bright start, the 19-year-old squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set of the first half, losing 8-6 – then things started to fall apart. Faulty ground kicks and inconsistent serve cost Raducanu the second set 6-1.

Just 22 days after the US Open, where she will defend her title, the British No. 1 tennis player – and 10th best woman in the world on paper – has many issues to address.

In New York last September, she beat five of the top 50 contenders on her way to the title. Since then, its form has been incomplete. She’s racked up impressive victories against fellow US Open champion Sloane Stephens and French Open doubles champion Caroline Garcia – as well as reaching the three WTA Tour quarter-finals. The 6-4, 6-4 defeat to world number one Iga Swiatek showed that Raducanu can go toe-to-toe with the best and her overall ability is not in question.

Since New York, she has played in 16 tournaments and lost to a player in the lowest rankings 14 times.
Her record in 2022 stands at: P23, L13, W10, and she suffers first-round eliminations in Sydney, Guadalajara, Miami, Rome and Nottingham.

Emma Radocano - What Emma Radocano should do next as problems mount for doomed US Open champion - EPA

Emma Radocano – What Emma Radocano should do next as problems mount for doomed US Open champion – EPA

injuries

Despite her age, questions about Raducanu’s stamina began to be asked. During her US Open career, she beat 10 opponents in 17 days without dropping a set. Of the 19 low-profile pro tournaments she played before 2021, Raducanu has retired four of them.

Since winning the US Open, she has retired from three of her 29 matches. In matches split into three sets, she lost six out of 10 and retired with another injury.

Last year she complained of rib pain, shortness of breath and a foot injury.

The Citi Open in Washington, DC brought the blisters back. A blister on her hand hampered her Australian Open effort at the start of the year, while one on her right foot hampered her movement as she lost in straight sets to Marketa Vondrousova in the Billie Jean King Cup in April.

It will be critical to manage the pregnancy on her right hand before New York.

training

On September 24, she announced that she had separated from her US Open mentor Andrew Richardson. She has since hired and fired other coaches and is now working on a “temporary” basis with Dmitriy Tursunov – a former player who helped Russia win the Davis Cup in 2006.

Dmitriy Tursunov - Getty Images

Dmitriy Tursunov – Getty Images

Raducanu is now at the center of a political maelstrom after it emerged that Tursunov appeared to be banned from entering the UK this summer while coaching world number 2 Annette Kontaveit. Telegraph Sport has been told any Russian or Belarusian coach taking part in Wimbledon and that the warm-up events held in the UK must sign a declaration condemning the invasion of Ukraine at the direction of the government. Tursunov, who appears to have not commented on the invasion, split with Confit at the start of the UK grasscourt season.

A Raducanu spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment on the political ramifications of Tursunov’s appointment or the due diligence that took place prior to that. With her father Ian pulling leads and leaning on mining coaches for information and then dumping them, some have expressed reservations about taking her under their wing.

what happened after that?

Raducanu heads to Canada and the National Bank Open in Toronto followed by the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Then comes the US Open, which begins on August 29.

The ranking system operates on a 12-month basis, meaning that 2,040 points will fall below Raducanu’s total ahead of New York, with 2,000 points from her US Open victory.

It has since added less than 1,000 points in a year. Currently, Raducanu only has 2,772 points, so a loss of 2,040 of them means it drops to just 732 points. This would leave her 85th in the world in the current rankings – on par with fellow Briton Harriet Dart.

“There is no pressure,” she said in June. “I’m still 19. I’m a slam champion, so no one will take it from me. If anything, the pressure will be on those who haven’t.”

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