US Open champion: Martina Hingis is the latest tennis legend to call Emma Raducanu’s career management into question, and she feels the former US Open champion will struggle on her comeback to the sport.
Raducanu had to miss this year’s Wimbledon due to wrist and ankle surgeries, and he is not anticipated to return until the autumn.
Since her remarkable triumph in New York nearly two years ago, the 20-year-old has been subjected to tremendous scrutiny, both on and off the court.
Raducanu’s choice to separate company with coach Andrew Richardson immediately after the US Open created the greatest consternation and she has yet to find a consistent voice since.
Former world No. 1 Hingis won five Grand Slam singles championships as a youngster and remarked, “I think it’s also really important to have the right surroundings.
“I’ve never met her, so I’m not sure what goes through her mind. It’s remarkable she was able to win the US Open, but I don’t believe she made the best decision after that.
“Normally, when you win with someone, you continue, but I can’t judge what happened. It would be lovely if she could find her way back to success.
“She has the shots, she has the whole package, but results are still required. It’s not like winning the US Open is the end of your life.”
Raducanu will be rated well outside the top 100 when she returns, and while she will have no lack of wild card offers to get into the big events, Hingis feels she will face an uphill battle.
“There are so many girls out there who can play well and are hungry,” the Swiss continued. “I wish her the best, but it will not be easy.”
Hingis is taken with ‘disciplined’ Andreeva.
Hingis, who won Wimbledon as a 16-year-old in 1997, is returning to the All England Club to compete in the invitational doubles.
She was inspired by Russian youngster Mirra Andreeva, who advanced to the fourth round as a qualifier before losing to Madison Keys.
“It’s great to see a 16-year-old doing so well,” Hingis added. “I enjoy her game. It’s enjoyable to see, and for the public to realise that being young and successful is still achievable.
“She’s very disciplined, and she has all of the shots. She’s sometimes fairly far off [the baseline], and I’d like to see her be a little more aggressive, but she doesn’t miss. She’s like a brick wall.
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