World number three Paula Badosa has urged Britons to stop pressuring Emma Raducanu and backed the Grand Slam champion to adjust to life on the WTA Tour in time.
US Open champion Raducanu is in a race to be fit for Wimbledon after suffering an injury alongside her in Nottingham earlier this month, the latest in a string of fitness issues for the teenager in 2022.
Raducanu had been invited to play at Rothesay International Eastbourne to ensure she had meaningful match time on grass before returning to SW19 for the first time since her stunning triumph in New York last September.
The option of a wild card for the Devonshire Park event was not taken up by the UK number one and despite only playing seven matches on grass this summer, expectations will remain high for the 19-year-old player if she recovers in time to play. at Wimbledon.
Badosa, speaking of Eastbourne, said: “I mean her situation is very difficult and she has already done some amazing things in this sport at a very young age.
“I think most people are tough on her, but on the other hand maybe I can relate because the press is the press. Yet it puts so much pressure on her and she’s a teenager who still has so much to learn.
“She needs time and I think she needs more touring experience and she will get it, but I think people need to stop putting all this pressure on her and her expectations.
“What she did was play a Grand Slam very, very well and she won it, so you can see how good she is, but you can’t expect her to Win all the matches and tournaments because it’s impossible. She needs time and she will get because she has a lot of talent.”