Anne Keothavong: Emma Raducanu is the one everyone wants to beat

Keothavong thinks the interest in tennis has grown in Great Britain over the last couple of months.

by Dzevad Mesic
Anne Keothavong: Emma Raducanu is the one everyone wants to beat

Great Britain Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothavong feels more Britons are interested in tennis following Emma Raducanu’s stunning US Open victory and Cameron Norris’s rise. Raducanu, 19, made tennis history when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam at the US Open.

On the other side, Norrie made six finals in 2021 and won two titles. Norrie achieved his career-best result in Indian Wells, where he captured his maiden Masters title. “There is a feel good factor in British tennis at the moment.

On the back of Emma [Raducanu] and Cam’s [Cameron Norrie’s] success it is a really exciting time,” Keothavong told the BBC Sport, as quoted on Tennishead. “People are talking about tennis, people are interested in tennis and people want to play.

It is great”.

Keothavong excited to see how Raducanu develops

Raducanu is 19 but already a Grand Slam champion and ranked inside the top-20. “It is still a steep learning curve for her and she needs to make sure she is robust and fit enough to withstand the demands that being on tour brings,” Keothavong added.

“It is not only travelling week on week, but also being the target of other players so soon in her career. She’s the one who everyone wants to beat. “But it will be so exciting to see how she develops”.

Also, Keothavong spoke about three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who is determined to bounce back in 2022. “We’ve seen in some of his performances in recent months he certainly has the ability,” Keothavong said of Murray.

“The guy has a metal hip but he is still moving like a gazelle at times. Stringing wins together has been the difficulty. But the signs are good and I think there is a lot to be positive about with Andy”.

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