Former world number one Boris Becker doesn’t seem to have a firm belief in Emma Raducanu anymore as he noted that constantly losing in the early rounds is a worrying sign. Raducanu, 19, made headlines when she became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu went from a promising teenager to a tennis superstar overnight and huge expectations had been placed on her after her US Open victory. Seven months have passed since Raducanu won the US Open and she is yet to achieve a notable result.
Raducanu is yet to pick up any back-to-back wins this year as his season has been marred by early departures. “The honeymoon phase is over and the Brits are starting to worry,” Becker told Eurosport’s Das Gelbe vom Ball podcast.
“You can lose, but if you still get knocked out in the first or second round after winning the US Open, you wonder. How is that possible now? “Emma won’t win every tournament, but we can always expect semi-finals more or less, but she’s nowhere near that right now.”
Becker fears Raducanu is starting to doubt herself
Entering this week, Raducanu has had three wins and six losses. On Wednesday, Raducanu defeated Storm Sanders in his first game in Stuttgart to reach the second round. “Everything is much more difficult than it looks from the outside.
Especially with the psyche,” Becker said. “How do you handle the pressure? How do you manage your own expectations? What are you doing differently now than before? Becker added that it is “unusual that such a young and talented girl, who rose to the top of the world overnight and achieved worldwide fame, has since only won matches that cannot only be counted on one hand”.
Raducanu landed several lucrative endorsement and sponsorship deals following his US Open victory. Recently, Raducanu defended herself from the critics, saying that nothing has changed in her approach to tennis and that she is still fully committed and dedicated to the game.