After ‘outstanding’ Wimbledon performances, Emma Raducanu is backed to ‘come back stronger.’


After ‘outstanding’ Wimbledon performances, Emma Raducanu is backed to ‘come back stronger.’

Anne Keothavong, a former British number one, feels the 18-year-old will build on her recent experiences.

After Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon run came to an end on Monday evening, Anne Keothavong has urged the British teenager to come back stronger next year. Due to breathing concerns, Raducanu had to withdraw from her fourth-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic.

The 18-year-old was down 6-4, 3-0 in the second set when she sought the trainer, having appeared uneasy for a few games.

No new information about Raducanu’s respiratory problems has been provided as of Tuesday afternoon.

Tomljanovic advanced to the quarter-finals, where she will face fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty, while Raducanu will have to come to terms with her achievement.

Raducanu, who was ranked 338th in the world before Wimbledon, was competing in her first major tournament as a wildcard.

The former British number one and Raducanu’s Billie Jean King Cup captain, Keothavong, believes the experience will help the teenager develop.

“No one was having a good time watching that. It was a huge letdown for everyone. On BBC Two, she added, “It was difficult to see that coming.”

“We have to remember ourselves that she is 18 years old, that she is playing in her first Grand Slam tournament, and that she has advanced to the fourth round.

“She doesn’t have a lot of Tour experience. It’s only her second main draw at a Tour event, and she’s already accomplished a lot.

“Hopefully, she will be able to look back on her accomplishments in the future because she has played some wonderful tennis.

“If she is given room and time, she may work on improving and returning stronger next year.”

Because the preceding match, between Alex Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime, was a five-set drama, Raducanu and Tomljanovic were forced to wait until 8 p.m. to begin their encounter on Court One.

Raducanu began nervously before growing into the moment in front of a large crowd at the stadium and millions on the BBC, only for health issues to put an end to her tournament.

“It was a significant occasion for her, and she knew it,” Keothavong said.

“She’s a bright young lady. You can’t help but dismiss all of those factors because she’s so confident. She had plenty of time to think about it, but I’m sure she prepared in the same manner as she had for the prior matches.

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