Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja thinks Emma Raducanu will feel "relieved" after the US Open and that's when her best tennis will come. Raducanu, 19, hasn't won any titles since her stunning 2021 US Open triumph. Since the US Open, Raducanu has been struggling with her game and often picking up early exits.
But once her US Open title defence is officially in the books, she can start again from the scratch. “And when you go back to a tournament where you won the year before, you also always have the feeling like, you know how to deal with things there, with the wind, with the heat with the humidity, with the crowd, you know, but in a way, I think the best, it will come after she finishes the US Open, because I honestly believe that she will know how to be.
'Okay, from now on what can I expect from my career? What did happen?' It's not normal. I mean, it's very unusual, and it's difficult to swallow all these expectations. So I'm sure that once the US Open is finished, whatever happens if she loses the first round or if she wins the tournament again, whatever happens, it will begin the era of Emma.
I mean, she will feel much more relief and much better in her expectations," Corretja said on Eurosport.
Raducanu aims a 'clean state' after the US Open
Raducanu has been in the centre of attention ever since her stunning US Open victory.
But Raducanu was just 18 years old and without much experience when she became a Grand Slam champion. Also, the 2022 season is Raducanu's first full season on the WTA Tour. Once the US Open and season are finished, Raducanu can reflect and try to draw lessons from 2022.
"I think it's going to be nice once the US Open is finished and [I can] carry on from there. Start again. I think it will be nice to take all of the lessons from the last year and just [have] a clean slate," Raducanu said.