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US Open champion Emma Raducanu can expect a tough challenge on the WTA Tour, but the 19-year-old is still learning the game, according to tennis broadcaster Leif Shiras; “I think there are opportunities for a number of women – including Emma – to win a second major”

Last update: 03/15/22 9:09 p.m.

Leif Shiras thinks Emma Raducanu has the potential to win multiple majors, but thinks she can still add a lot to her game

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Leif Shiras thinks Emma Raducanu has the potential to win multiple majors, but thinks she can still add a lot to her game

Leif Shiras thinks Emma Raducanu has the potential to win multiple majors, but thinks she can still add a lot to her game

“Is it going to be a tough road for Emma Raducanu? Yes, it is. But she’s done it before and I think she’s got a taste of what she can do.”

Tennis broadcaster Leif Shiras has backed the British teenager to cope with the rigorous nature of the WTA Tour and achieve more Grand Slam success.

Raducanu has endured a tough start to the year which has seen her battling the coronavirus as well as blisters which have hampered her progress at the Australian Open.

The 19-year-old later suffered a leg injury in Guadalajara but shrugged off injury concerns to play at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Despite serving for the match in the decider, Raducanu missed out on a place in the last 16 after losing in the final set shootout to Croatian Petra Martic.

Emma Raducanu: British teenager has the ability to win more Grand Slams, says Leif Shiras | Tennis News

“Jim Courier always said, ‘I like to learn by losing, you can really learn a lot, but I like to learn by winning’, so maybe she can learn while she’s winning. She’s the best formula.”

Leif Shiras on Raducanu

“People who aren’t tennis or sports fans say Emma will win the Calendar Slam, she’s awesome. If it were that simple, right? It’s just not so easy,” Shiras said. sky sports.

“For a young player like her, there’s going to be pressure. She’s now under the microscope and in the locker room, they respect her and admire her, but suddenly she’s become a really good win, so everyone is going aim for it.

“They’re going to do their best every time on the pitch, so she’s going to have to deal with people who take it as a real challenge.

“She’s going to have to find her best tennis, more regularly, and it’s going to be tough because she’s on a learning curve. There’s still a lot in her game that she can learn and we see that because She’s an emerging talent so her game still has a few holes to fill.

“Jim Courier always said, ‘I like to learn by losing, you can really learn a lot, but I like to learn by winning’, so maybe she can learn while she’s winning. She’s the best formula.

“Five of the last nine Grand Slams have been won by rookies, so there are possibilities and there are a lot of players who can be favored in majors. There’s no reason Emma shouldn’t can’t do the same.

“Is it going to be a tough road? Yes, because there are a lot of experienced players who all want a piece of the action, so it’s going to be competitive. But she’s done it before and I think she has a taste of what she can do and because the game isn’t so dominated like Serena Williams I think there are opportunities for a number of women – including Emma – to win a second major.”

The teenager doesn’t get ‘sucked in’ by the hype

Raducanu does not want to be

Raducanu doesn’t want to be ‘sucked in’ by the hype surrounding him

For Raducanu, even the teenager admits she is under more pressure than ever after a rapid rise to success in such a short time.

Speaking in Indian Wells, she said: “Realistically, before this (US Open), if you had told me last year, Emma, ​​what is your goal for the year? I would be like , okay, I want to earn a round in the main draw of a Grand Slam. I did that in Australia. For me, last year probably would have made my year, to be honest.

“What could be a bad result now in people’s eyes for me would have been a positive thing. I think I have to keep reminding myself of that, not get screwed over.

“I feel like now people are starting to realize that it will take time for him to settle in. I feel like patience is a big thing. Once I settle in and I I’ve been through all these ups and downs, I’ll find some kind of balance.”

Raducanu’s game will only get better

Barry Cowan thinks Raducanu needs stable coaching around her so she can improve as a player

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Barry Cowan thinks Raducanu needs stable coaching around her so she can improve as a player

Barry Cowan thinks Raducanu needs stable coaching around her so she can improve as a player

According to Shiras, the stability will help Raducanu learn more about herself with coach Torben Beltz by her side.

The American believes now is the best time for the Kent teenager to add some ‘layers’ to her game as she looks to emulate world No 1 Ashleigh Barty, who has the ability to use lots of variety on the court – more than any other player on the WTA Tour.

“The longer you are in the game, the harder it is to change things, to learn new things and to feel comfortable with them. She’s a young player and I hope she can find some time while she competes to learn and add some layers to her game,” Shiras said.

“It’s something that Ash Barty does so well at the top of the game. She doesn’t give the players what they want. The game is built around balls around shoulder height with lots of top spin and a good pace Barty don’t give players that and I think we’re starting to see more players playing like Ash – adding a bit of variety.

“Anything Emma can do to add those kind of layers to her game, a bit of variety, I think she has the willpower to show up at the right time. I think her serve will improve. All the parts of her the game will improve and I think the results will too.”

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