Great Britain BJK Cup hopes Emma Raducanu embraces leadership role



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Great Britain BJK Cup hopes Emma Raducanu embraces leadership role

Great Britain Billie Jean King Cup team captain Anne Keothavong is confident Emma Raducanu has what it takes to be a great leader of the British team for the years to come. This week, world No. 12 Raducanu made her singles debut at the Billie Jean King Cup.

On Friday, Raducanu won in her Billie Jean King Cup as she defeated Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic 7-5 7-5. “I guess a lot has happened over the past year and obviously Emma’s success has been highlighted and we’ve seen what she’s been able to achieve in such a short space of time,” Keotgavong said, per Tennishead.

“So we’re kind of getting into the unknown a little bit, and there has been a bit of a changing of the guard. “I’m sure Emma will embrace her position, lead the team by example and really grow in that role in the years to come”.

Keothavong praises Raducanu, Harriet Dart

Last month, Dart made the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16 as a qualifier. Following her Indian Wells run, Dart broke into the top-100 for the first time and reached a career-high ranking of No.

99 in the world. Dart is 25 and Keothavong is hopeful the Briton will continue his rise in the upcoming period. "It was great to see. She did a good job of stringing all those matches and she completed well. The conditions suited her perfectly and when she’s in the right mindset she’s a tough opponent for anyone out there," Keothavong said of Dart.

“Once you break into the top 100, it’s a huge milestone and it’s been a long time coming for Harriet so I’m pleased to see her crack the top 100. “Now she just needs to continue building. It’s all about taking these opportunities and now that her ranking is higher, hopefully entry into some of the bigger events will be easier. She will hopefully have guaranteed main draw status at the French Open and potentially Wimbledon."