Mats Wilander on what Emma Raducanu needs to improve in order to become top player
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Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander says he doesn't see many weaknesses in the game of Emma Raducanu but insists the rising British star needs to improve her forehand in order to become a top player. Raducanu, 18, drew lots of positive attention to herself at this past Wimbledon.
As a wild card, Raducanu made the Wimbledon round-of-16 before she was forced to retire mid-match against Ajla Tomljanovic. "When I see her play, I don’t see too many weaknesses. Her serve is good, her backhand is good,” Wilander told Eurosport, as quoted on Tennishead.
“On her forehand, you can see that is where she needs to improve. If she improves the forehand she is going to be a top player. She is composed, but at the same time was embracing the New York crowd”.
Raducanu making progress at the US Open
Raducanu, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
150 in the world, won three qualifying matches to earn a main draw place at the US Open. In her US Open main draw debut, Raducanu saw off Stefanie Voegele 6-2 6-3 to progress into the second round. Raducanu insists she doesn't feel any pressure at the US Open.
“I feel like I am learning so much,” Raducanu said. “Being around these players and hitting with them, I feel like I am absorbing it all, so I don’t feel any pressure. “It is all a free swing and bonus for me because I don’t have anything to lose.
Still everything is so new to me and I just love New York, the buzz and everything. “Walking around the city, it is such an amazing experience. I am just enjoying it and I want to stay here as long as possible so I will keep fighting”. Raducanu will be fighting against Shuai Zhang for a place in the US Open third round.