Johanna Konta identifies what will be Emma Raducanu's 'big goals' at Wimbledon

Konta shares her thoughts on Raducanu's third Wimbledon appearance.

by Dzevad Mesic
Johanna Konta identifies what will be Emma Raducanu's 'big goals' at Wimbledon
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Former British tennis star Johanna Konta acknowledges the spotlight will be on Emma Raducanu during this year's Wimbledon but expects the 21-year-old Briton to handle the external pressure well and focus on fulfilling her own goals that are likely to stay healthy and get matches before the US swing.

After missing last year's Wimbledon due to three surgeries, Raducanu is fully at the start of this year's grass season, and unless something unexpected happens, she will make her third main draw appearance at The Championships last year. 

For Raducanu, Wimbledon was a place where it all started for her as in 2021 she reached the round-of-16 as an 18-year-old wildcard in her Slam debut. That was when the tennis world heard of Raducanu, who went on to make history and become a Grand Slam champion two months later at the US Open.

When Raducanu returned to Wimbledon in 2022, all the eyes were on her but didn't manage to do much since she was beaten by Caroline Garcia in the second round. But a lot has changed since Raducanu last played Wimbledon as she is now fully healthy - has improved her game - and seems to have matured more in the last few years. 

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While world No. 30 Katie Boulter is the only British female tennis player ranked inside the top-100, former world No. 4 Konta believes Boulter will also get attention but underlines that the spotlight probably remains on Raducanu.

Konta on what she thinks will be Raducanu's 'big goal' for the grass 

“I mean I would imagine for her, she would be looking to stay healthy physically, to play a lot of matches. That will be a big goal of hers. I think for her it will be more than just the grass, it will be to stay healthy into the US swing," Konta told Tennis365.

“She obviously will have incredible memories from the US hard court swing, so I think in general just for her to stay healthy for the rest of this year and get as many matches as possible.

“She’s not British No 1 right now, that’s Katie Boulter. Katie Boulter’s been doing really well with how well she’s been doing this year. Obviously, Emma will have the spotlight on her because of her US Open achievement, which was incredible. To be honest, I don’t know what it’s like to be Emma Raducanu, nor do I know what it’s like to be Katie Boulter. But I think both women and all the British girls are quite well versed in this part of the year and think they enjoy it.

“They enjoy this part of the year for what it is. You get to be at home, play in front of a home crowd and get home comforts – there’s a lot to enjoy as a British player during the grass court summer.”

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In the same interview, Konta said it's the media and journalists that create pressure on a certain player or players. However, Konta also added players don't discuss that between themselves so therefore she expects British players to tune out those noises and just focus on their own goals. 

Raducanu recently said she would win Wimbledon one day 

When Raducanu won the 2021 US Open title, she became the first British female player since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a Grand Slam singles title. Since it was Wimbledon that Wade won in 1977, Raducanu could also possibly become the first British female tennis player since Wade to win Wimbledon. 

And in late May, Raducanu made all the headlines when she said that her lifting a Wimbledon title is pretty much just a matter of time. 

"I feel good. I’m playing well and I’m training really hard, I’m doing a lot of good things and I know it’s going to happen. If not this Wimbledon, the next Wimbledon," Raducanu told Grazia last month.

"I fully back myself and trust myself. It’s just a matter of when really. I’ve been doing all the right things so I’m just looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd."

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After making such a big statement, Raducanu kicked off her grass season at this week's WTA 250 tournament in Nottingham, where she won her opening two matches in straight sets to reach the quarterfinal. For the 21-year-old Briton, this is certainly massive as she has already boosted herself with confidence and it can only help her in the remainder of the grass season and possibly help her make a deep run at The All England Club in July.

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