‘I have no idea who she was!’ ‘She was truly an obscurity!’ says Tracy Austin of Emma Raducanu.
FORMER Tracy Austin, the world number one tennis player, has spoken out in support of rising talent Emma Raducanu, who was forced to retire from Wimbledon in the last 16 due to injury.
Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon debut ended in heartbreak when she was forced to withdraw in the fourth round against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic after experiencing breathing troubles. Former tennis superstar Tracy Austin speculated that Raducanu was overwhelmed by the increased attention she received as a result of her outstanding performance.
“I think the moment just grew too large,” Ms Austin remarked to BBC 2.
“If you go back a week, she was a complete unknown.
“No one knew who Emma Raducanu was except intel Brits, and I didn’t know who she was or how to speak her name until last week.
“As a wild card, she has won three matches and has played quite well.
“She played on court one for the first time, and she even admitted to playing above her level.
“All of a sudden, she has a day off, and she’s in the news.”
“All the expectations are still there, but now she has a winnable match in the fourth round, and it’s too good to be true for both of them.”
“We’ve seen so much from Emma Raducanu in the course of this tournament,” former British number one Annabel Croft said on BBC Radio about the 18-year-withdrawal. old’s
“She has a well-rounded technique, a lovely service motion, and a solid second serve.
“She has a powerful head on her shoulders as well. She’s a happy person who brings that joy on the court.
“It hurts to see her follow this route, but it’s been a terrific starting point.
“She’s going to get a lot of attention now.”
Ms Raducanu’s opponent in the final 16 was Ajla Tomljanovic, who commented, “I am genuinely really sort of astonished.”
“It’s obviously extremely sad because Emma must be really, terribly hurt if she decided to retire,” she continued.
“It’s incredible to play as a Brit at home, but I feel bad for her because I wish we could have finished it.”
“It happens in sports,” she says, “but I truly wish her the best.”