19-year-old Emma Raducanu had a sensational 2021 season, winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open this year. What’s more interesting, she also became the first-ever tennis player in history to win a major trophy as a qualifier. And, Raducanu did it without losing a single set. The question now is: What are the goals for the Englishwoman in 2022? For this, former World No.1 Andy Roddick answered in brief.
Andy Roddick reflects on the Emma Raducanu outlook
Before this, Raducanu stunned the world with her fairytale performance in New York. But from here on, the Englishwoman would face the expectations of a Grand Slam champion in every tournament she would play in 2022. Indeed, it changes everything for her.
“The hardest thing in sport, in my opinion, is expectation,” Roddick said. “What she did at the US Open was unbelievable, but it was largely without expectation of ‘Hey, if you don’t win this final, it’s bad for you.’”
Furthermore, Roddick highlighted that it was all gravy for Raducanu from the third round onwards. And now, he foresees the challenge set up against her.
“Taking nothing away from her, but it is a different type of pressure set now,” Roddick added.
Therefore, the retired American great stated quarterfinals as her target in majors next year. But more importantly, he hopes to see more consistency from Raducanu on the WTA Tour.
“What I would want to see is consistent weeks where she is winning three matches, winning four matches every week. That would be the next benchmark if I am on her team,” Roddick said.