Barbara Schett offers assessment of Emma Raducanu's Wimbledon opener



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Barbara Schett offers assessment of Emma Raducanu's Wimbledon opener

Eurosport tennis expert Barbara Schett said she thought Emma Raducanu did extremely well in her Wimbledon opener and that could be a promising sign. On Monday, Raducanu made her Centre Court debut as she saw off Alison van Uytvanck 6-4 6-4.

Raducanu, 19, sustained a side injury in her opening match of the grass season and arrived to Wimbledon with just seven games played on the surface. “I was very impressed with the win of Emma Raducanu today, a very tricky first-round opponent in Alison van Uytvanck who has already won a title on grass," Schett told Eurosport.

“We know Emma hasn’t played a lot of tennis, she was injured, she had that side strain and all the pressure in the world was on her. We remember last year she reached the fourth round and it wasn’t expected at all.

I thought she handled herself extremely well on the court, of course tennis-wise we know she can play better tennis we have seen the better tennis but she found solutions today against Alison and I think this victory can bring her very far at this Wimbledon."

Schett: There is a lot of pressure on Raducanu

Ever since Raducanu won the US Open, people started talking about the pressure and expectation which would be placed on her at Wimbledon. Raducanu is the 11th-ranked player in the world she is the best player female player from her country.

Wimbledon is underway and the locals expect and want Raducanu to do well. “There’s a lot of pressure on Emma Raducanu, I think everybody has been talking about Wimbledon for weeks now. It was great to see the way she handled herself out on the court.

She gets a lot of support from the crowd but she wants to show her best side," Schett added. Raducanu plays France's Caroline Garcia in the Wimbledon second round.