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‘People Are Tough On Her’ – Paula Badosa Warns Against Piling Pressure On Raducanu

The world No.3 shares her views on the hype surrounding Raducanu and explains why the expectations placed on her should be reduced.

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Emma Raducanu (GBR) practicing on Court 9 ahead of her match against Sorana Cirstea (ROU) at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 6 Saturday 03/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/David Gray

Spain’s top ranked tennis player has said Emma Raducanu needs time to find her footing on the Tour amid a surge of media focus surrounding the US Open champion.

Paula Badosa has pleaded for patience with the 19-year-old Brit who burst onto the scene last year with a meteoric rise. In New York Raducanu became the first qualifier in history to win the US Open after winning 10 matches in a row without dropping a set. Two of her victories were over top 20 players Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari.

Since claiming her maiden Grand Slam trophy, Raducanu is yet to add to her trophy collection or contest another tournament final. Besides some mixed results, the Brit has had to contend with a series of physical setbacks involving her back and hip, as well as hand blisters. Her latest setback is a side strain which she picked up earlier this week at the Nottingham Open but she is expected to be fit in time for Wimbledon.

Asked about the rising star during a press conference ahead of the Eastbourne International, Badosa said Raducanu still has a lot to learn and must be given the time to do so.

I mean her situation is very tough and she already did amazing things in this sport at a very young age,” Planet Sport quoted Badosa as saying.
“I think most of the people are tough on her but in the other side maybe I can understand because press is press. Still, it puts so much pressure on her and she is a teenager still with so much to learn.”

The Spaniard knows what it is like to be the centre of attention at a young age. As a junior, she was tipped to be the next big thing after winning the 2015 French Open girls’ title. Sparking comparisons between her and other greats such as Arantax Sanchez Vicario. In an interview with wtatennis.com last year, she said felt ‘stress and anxiety’ during that period of her career.

“She needs time and I think she needs more experience on Tour and she will get it but I think people have to stop putting all this pressure on her and expectations,” Badosa continued about Raducanu.
“What she did is play very, very well at one Grand Slam and she won it, so you can see how good she is but you cannot expect her to win every match and tournament because that is impossible. She needs time and she will get it because she has a lot of talent.”

Badosa is the top seed at Eastbourne which is one of two WTA events to take place leading up to Wimbledon. The 24-year-old is yet to contest a Tour final on grass.

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Carlos Alcaraz Overcomes Cerundolo Resurgence To Begin Queen’s Club Title Defence With Victory

Carlos Alcaraz has begun his grass court season with a victory.

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Carlos Alcaraz overcame a second set resurgence from Francisco Cerundolo to defeat the Argentinian 6-1 7-5 at Queen’s Club.

The Spaniard came back from 5-2 down to win five games in a row against the Argentinian to begin his Queen’s Club title defence with a victory.

Now the recent Roland Garros champion could play Stuttgart champion Jack Draper in the second round.

A week in Ibiza didn’t hinder Alcaraz’s level of tennis as the Spaniard came out firing to start the match.

The mixture of power, depth and variety was too strong for Cerundolo as some stunning shot-making saw Alcaraz race to a 5-0 lead.

An ironic cheer went out for Cerundolo as the Argentinian edged towards his first game of the match before Alcaraz completed the opening set in 30 minutes.

However Cerundolo is not an opponent to be messed with having taken a two sets to one lead over Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.

There was evidence of his grit and power in the second set as he powered to a 3-0 lead against a helpless Alcaraz.

As the set went on, Alcaraz gradually grew in confidence as he used his full repertoire of shots to open up space on the court.

Cerundolo managed to keep up the pressure as the Argentinian built a 5-2 lead.

That didn’t last for long as the Argentinian got tight and passive when serving for the set.

This allowed Alcaraz to play with freedom and power as he cruised to five games in a row and secure a win to start his title defence.

Next for Alcaraz will be either Jack Draper or Mariano Navone, who are last on Centre Court.

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Laura Robson’s Relaxed Nature Aids Rothesay Open In Overcoming Latest Obstacles

Laura Robson has overcome multiple obstacles as tournament director of the combined WTA/ATP Challenger event in Nottingham.

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A tough two years for the grass court tournament in Nottingham has been aided by Laura Robson’s relaxed nature.

When Laura Robson took over as the tournament director for the Rothesay Open last year, the Brit didn’t know what to expect.

However the last two years have seen thunder striking on finals day last year, deaths impacting the Nottingham community last year and this year saw multiple rain delays.

Speaking on last year’s tragic events where three people were killed in a street stabbing, Robson was determined to acknowledge last year’s tragedy as the tournament paid its respects this year, “We wanted to make sure we were really respectful of the situation,” Robson told the WTA website.

“The tennis continued, but everyone that day was aware what was going on and we were getting updates from the police. We were worried that all the players would suddenly be nervous to be out and about in Nottingham, which in my experience has always been very, very safe.

“You get these horrific incidents in all parts of the world, unfortunately. But in the end everyone understood the situation.”

This year Robson had to overcome multiple rain delays in order to just about complete the tournament on time.

However the relaxed nature of the 30 year-old aided the tournament in finishing on time and Robson spoke about the keys to running a successful tournament, “We all become weather experts. But the less I look at the forecast, the better. I can’t control it and there’s no reason to stress,” Robson explained.

“If it helps them play well on court then you want to try to facilitate that. Some are definitely harder than others, but it’s a complaint or a request for a reason. And it’s not that there’s difficult people, it’s just a difficult world — it’s a very individual journey and you’ve always got to look out for yourself. I understand, because when I was playing I’d have wanted the same things.

“It really is the same. Honestly, it goes so quickly when you’re in it. You spend so much time building up to the event that especially in the first few days it can feel a lot. But honestly, it’s just so much fun to see it all come together and to see the players actually on the court.”

Now Robson can focus on continuing her role as commentator and pundit for Sky Sports and Eurosport before preparing for next year’s tournament.

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Ons Jabeur Becomes Latest Olympics Withdrawal

Ons Jabeur has played the last three Olympic Games but will not compete in Paris.

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Ons Jabeur has become the latest tennis player to withdraw from the Olympic Games.

The Tunisian would have been an outside contender to claim an Olympic medal for her country but has now withdrawn from the event.

Writing a statement on social media, Jabeur took the decision in order to look after her health as she aims to prepare for Wimbledon and the US Open.

It could be Jabeur’s last chance to compete at the Olympic Games with her career nearing towards an end.

The Wimbledon finalist has competed at the last three Olympic Games but lost in the first round on all three occasions.

Jabeur joins Emma Raducanu, Aryna Sabalenka, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev as the players that are absent from this summer’s event.

The tennis event at the Olympics will start on the 27th of July and will take place at Roland Garros in Paris.

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