Ex-Grand Slam champion preaches patience with Emma Raducanu



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Ex-Grand Slam champion preaches patience with Emma Raducanu

1976 French Open champion Sue Barker feels Emma Raducanu definitely deserves to be given some credit and that she "has got all the attributes" to be a major star one day. Raducanu, 19, has struggled with her game and results ever since her stunning US Open triumph.

Raducanu made tennis history during last year's US Open, when she became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam. Since then, Raducanu has had just one semifinal appearance at a WTA 250 tournament. But Barker, who stepped down from her role of Wimbledon presenter this year, feels Raducanu will be just fine.

"She's got the game and she's shown she's got the mindset and physically she's fabulous. I mean, I don't know about the injuries and what's happening with those, but she got through the US Open from qualifying.

I feel that she's got all the attributes. Now she's got to learn how to win and maybe how to enjoy it," Barker told The Telegraph.

Raducanu crashed out of Ostrava

Two weeks ago, Raducanu reached her first semifinal of the year in Seoul.

In the Seoul semifinal, Raducanu was up by a set and a break before everything went downhill for him. After Jelena Ostapenko took a 4-6 6-3 3-0 lead, Raducanu retired due to an injury. Raducanu, who sat out last week, returned to action this week in Ostrava.

In her Ostrava debut, Raducanu didn't impress as she suffered a first-round defeat to Daria Kasatkina. Kasatkina, the 11th-ranked player in the world, handed Raducanu a 7-5 6-4 loss. Raducanu was twice down by a break in the first set but she twice recovered to tie the opener to five games apiece.

But Raducanu continued to struggle on her serve as Kasatkina broke again in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead, before serving out for the first set in the following game. In the second set, Kasatkina broke Raducanu once and it was enough for her to complete a two-set win.