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US Open champion Emma Radukanu played down suggestions she was under pressure last week when she was dumped out of Wimbledon by Caroline Garcia

Last update: 06/07/22 21:04

Britain's Emma Radukanu struggles for form after US Open triumph but dismisses rumors she is under pressure

Britain’s Emma Radukanu struggles for form after US Open triumph but dismisses rumors she is under pressure

Emma Radukanu should seek advice from Maria Sharapova on how to deal with fame and expectations, according to former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.

After losing in the second round in her second appearance at the All England Club, Radukanu will begin her preparations to defend the US Open title that launched her to stardom.

Sharapova experienced something similar after winning Wimbledon at 17, but balanced the demands of the court and off it very effectively throughout her career, winning four more Grand Slam titles before retiring two years ago.

Radukanu shrugged off talk of pressure following last week’s loss to Caroline Garcia, but after earning A-list celebrity status and signing a raft of high-end sponsorship deals, the attention surrounding her will only increase.

Bartoli said: “For Emma, ​​because she’s won so young, obviously with all the contracts and sponsorships she’s signed, the pressure she has to face – I mean, I can’t imagine it.

Jacqui Beltrao reveals what went wrong for Emma Raducanu after the 19-year-old was beaten in straight sets against Frances Caroline Garcia in her Wimbledon second-round match.

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Jacqui Beltrao reveals what went wrong for Emma Raducanu after the 19-year-old was beaten in straight sets against Frances Caroline Garcia in her Wimbledon second-round match.

Jacqui Beltrao reveals what went wrong for Emma Raducanu after the 19-year-old was beaten in straight sets against Frances Caroline Garcia in her Wimbledon second-round match.

“It’s so huge. It takes someone that special to pull it off. She should probably take some advice from Maria Sharapova, who managed to do it. It took Maria a while to get the second one (a grand slam), but then she went on to a total of five.

“You have to be kind to yourself. Give yourself some time. You just have to get those strong results every time, it might not be a win, but quarters, semis, maybe a final. Then you will get your second one.

“If it’s too dramatic in terms of changing results – like you win, then lose in the first or second round – it becomes mentally difficult. You think, “Okay, I’m not even close.”

“Once you get close and get strong, consistent results every time, then you feel like you’re there, ‘Okay, this is where I belong, I’m in the final four or the final eight, then I can have another big break.'”

Radukanu has battled minor injuries since triumphing in New York and has yet to produce any results to suggest a second Slam title is within reach anytime soon.

Radukanu returns the ball to France's Garcia during their match on day three

Radukanu returns the ball to France’s Garcia during their match on day three

Major question marks also remain over her suspension and change of coaches as she looks to reinvent the tennis that has taken the sports world by storm.

Radukanu and Sharapova share agent Max Eisenbud, and 2013 Wimbledon champion Bartoli continued: “Maria was on the front covers of all the magazines and had very big deals.

“I don’t know exactly how many million dollars Emma was able to sign, but looking at the big picture, it looks something like that. And Maria managed to do it perfectly.

“She beat Serena here and then went on to be one of the greatest champions of the game for many years. To me, Maria was an example of doing that off the court, but she was able to block it so much on the court. It was just about the game, the business and the win. She was so good at it.

“Obviously Max was Maria’s agent for so long. I think there might be a connection there. I’m just getting advice.

“When you look at the best players, they are constantly looking for some advice, advice from people to help them. Even if it’s one or two percent here or there, it makes a huge difference in the end.”

Wimbledon Thursday

Third seed Ons Jabeur will be aiming to become the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam final on Thursday when she takes on Tatiana Maria, who is one of the stories of the tournament at 34 and a mother of two.

In the other semi-final, 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep faces Elena Rybakina, who is making only her second appearance at the All England Club.

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