Former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova thinks the locker room respect Emma Raducanu gained following her US Open victory is fading away as she has urged the Briton to keep working hard and to try to figure out how to return to the level of tennis that landed her a Grand Slam.
On Thursday, Raducanu suffered another disappointing defeat as Katerina Siniakova recovered from a set down to beat the Briton 3-6 6-4 7-5. Raducanu was up by a set and a break but Siniakova recovered to force a decider.
After losing the second set, Raducanu had a good chance to seal a three-set win but she failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game. Raducanu is nos 2-5 in 2022.
Hantuchova reacts to Raducanu's latest loss
“That was a tough one for Emma.
I think it is going to hurt big time because of the chances she had. She was the better player for most of it. Siniakova is a great fighter and she showed why she has won all the big titles in doubles - she is not afraid of the big names.
But the thing is now with Emma, everyone wants to beat her. Everyone is trying to figure out how to play against her," Hantuchova said on Amazon Prime, as quoted on the Daily Express. "All the locker room respect she had after the US Open is now kind of going away which is a shame.
It is going to be important now for Emma to regroup, rethink what she has to change and get out there on the practice court. There is no other way around it. Just keep putting the hard work in”. Raducanu will now return home and focus on helping Great Britain beat the Czech Republic in a Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie.
Raducanu will be making her Billie Jean King Cup singles debut when Great Britain takes on the Czech Republic in early April. Raducanu could benefit from Billie Jean King Cup team atmosphere as she needs something to lift her spirits after another disappointing defeat.
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