Chris Evert weighs in on Emma Raducanu's slump



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Chris Evert weighs in on Emma Raducanu's slump

Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert thinks Emma Raducanu's slump isn't something concerning since she has just won her first Grand Slam and she is just 19. Raducanu put up an astonishing run at the US Open to become the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.

Raducanu hasn't had a great start to the 2022 season as she has played in just three tournaments and won only one match. "I think Raducanu has a high ceiling," Evert said. "I don't know when we're going to see it because there's so many great players out there, and I think she's still young and she still can improve her game.

"It's so human to have a little bit of a downfall after you win your first Grand Slam. Most of the women who have won their first Grand Slam title have done that, where all of a sudden they're not winning anymore.

They're not as dominant as people think they should be."

Evert: Tennis still No. 1 for Raducanu

Raducanu has landed several lucrative sponsorship deals following her US Open victory. Raducanu quickly became one of the most marketable players on the Tour.

"Even though she's gotten a lot of endorsements and she's raking in the money, I genuinely feel that tennis is still the number one priority in her mind," admitted Evert. "I do believe she's working hard at her game.

But it's going to be tough because now she has a target on her back and now all the players are gunning for it. "They know she doesn't have the confidence that she had at the US Open or the unpredictability. They know her game.

After a newcomer wins a Grand Slam, every coach is getting statistics finding out 'does she get more crosscourt forehands or more down the line forehands? Where does she go with her first serve normally?' "They study the player, and now the word is out with all of her patterns."