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“One of the Greatest Dangers”: Former World No. 1 Warns Emma Raducanu Series of Disappointment

Emma Raducanu certainly took everyone’s breath away after winning her maiden Grand Slam at US Open 2021. However, she was unable to continue her dream form after US Open, as she lost in the opening round of the Indian Wells. Just recently, former World No. 1, Justine Henin expressed her viewpoints on the potential danger to Emma Raducanu.

She also talked about managing sponsors as well as press conferences after winning so much at just 18 years of age. However, Henin said the most essential thing is to stay consistent in the sport.

Former World No. 1 on Emma Raducanu

Just recently, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, Justin Henin, conveyed her opinions on the dangers Emma Raducanu might face ahead of the next Grand Slam. She started the talking by saying,I don’t know Emma Raducanu, we discover her during the US Open, and then you read through the press.”

“You hear a little bit about her history, her development. And it always seems surprising when someone makes big changes straight after winning a big title. And yet, we don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes.”

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

On speaking about her dangers, she said, ” Today, I would like to say, it is potentially one of the greatest dangers for a player’s career. The image in our lives is becoming more and more important. And so, it is true that, in the end, managing this image is a bit of an obstacle on sporting performance because it takes a lot of energy because there are earnings of the sponsors. You obviously have to play the game of the press and that is quite normal.”

Henin’s wise words

Lastly, Justine Henin told the young players to stay focused and be consistent in the sport. She quoted, ” But in the end, if the main objective is to remain successful in sport, how do you balance and manage that? It’s a challenge today I think that all the players, some of them have a lot of experience.”

Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Just recently, Emma Raducanu lost against Wang Xinyu in the opening round of Linz Open in Austria. It would be really challenging to see how Raducanu approaches ahead in the tour.

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