Former World No. 7 Barbara Schett said she was not confident in US Open winner Emma Raducanu, saying that she doesn’t fancy her chances in Australia.
Raducanu suffered a shock defeat to Elena Rybakina in her first match of 2022. The surprise was in the nature of the defeat, as she was demolished 6-0 6-1. Her form now indicates that she has lost her last three matches.
The staggering US Open win seems so far away at this moment. With the teenager gunning for another Grand Slam, she has her sights set on winning in Australia.
However, Schett said she was not confident in Raducanu, saying that she wasn’t surprised to see her lose.
“We all knew this was going to be a very difficult year for her,” Schett told Tennis365, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“Then she plays her first match and she plays against someone who reached the final in Adelaide the week before and someone who hits the ball incredibly hard.
“Then she gets beaten in less than an hour. It was a surprise to me that it was 6-0, 6-1, but it wasn’t a surprise to me that she lost.”
“Emma still needs to get used to the whole situation,” Schett continued.
“Her life has changed completely and I have no doubt that she will have success in the future, but this is a year that she has to get used to being a Grand Slam champion and people looking at her, expecting a lot of her.
“It is all a matter of experience and learning. You have to give her a bit of time to settle down and I don’t think she is going to do major damage at the Australian Open.
“With Emma, all of this was a surprise overnight (to win the US Open),” she concluded.
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