At the WTA Cluj-Napoca 2 the young British tennis player Emma Raducanu has found a new defeat. The 18-year-old was in fact defeated by Marta Kostyuk, who took only 58 minutes to beat the Flushing Meadows champion. Emma had many difficulties with her service, she also committing many double faults, of which 7 total, 4 she committed on break point.
Raducanu also closed the match with 40 unforced errors. Numbers not for a Slam champion. Emma is still too immature to be rated as a good or bad tennis player and, for better or for worse, winning the US Open 2021 cannot yet be used as a method of comparison.
Ok, Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17, but that's another story: Masha was already made of steel. Victory New York after the 4th round at Wimbledon can go to anyone's head. Let alone an 18-year-old. Not only that: Emma is young, strong, promising or the cout and very beautiful.
Sponsors have already fallen on her like vultures, already distracting her from the court, perhaps? Plus she has a British passport (despite her Romanian father and Chinese mother), so the UK media are ready to cheer her when she wins and when she wins, and throw her into oblivion when she won't bring titles to Her Majesty court.
So much for such a young girl, that she must have felt indescribable emotions in just a few months.
Emma Raducanu has everything and nothing to became a star
Obviously the bill then came. Thanks to a wildcard for her, she played the Indian Wells WTA 100 which exclusively for the 2021 edition took place in October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Obtained the bye at the debut, Raducanu was sensationally surprised by the Belarusian Aljaksandra Sasnovič, who defeated her 2-6 4-6.
Immediately after, the tennis player surprised her insiders by announcing the farewell with the old coach and the desire to start from scratch.
A choice considered by many to be unwise and perhaps rash. Two weeks later in Cluj-Napoca she had to struggle to be able to overtake Polona Hercog by a comeback. In the second round, she eliminated Ana Bogdan 6-3 6-4, earning her the quarter-finals.
So here is the defeat of her against the same age Marta Kostjuk who leaves her just three games. The bubbles after Flushing Meadows and the Met Gala certainly had too intoxicating an effect for the young British girl, who will now have to return to the ground if she does not want to end the usual notes (Eugenie Bouchard for example) now famous more for life off the court than for results.
Winning a Grand Slam cannot be a coincidence: Emma has everything to become a great champion. Charisma is a gift that Serena Williams has swallow up from all the other tennis players of the WTA Tour, so for now we are not looking for it in Raducanu, but otherwise, perseverance and willpower can make the difference.