Maria Sakkari: ‘People don’t give enough credit to’ Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu, 19, became a household name when she won the 2021 US Open title as a qualifier.

Since that historic race, however, Raducanu has separate ways with several coaches and, by BBC Sport, has still not found a full-time replacement before the start of the Wimbledon Championships on June 27. The teenager has also had to deal with multiple injury setbacks. This year, and her more recently crashed of Roland-Garros when she fell to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of this tournament.

World number 5 Maria Sakkari lost to Raducanu at US Open semi finals last summer and reminded critics on Monday that the UK No.1 is nowhere near a finished product.

“I don’t know her very well, but people don’t give her enough credit. She played well,” Sakkari remarked of Raducanu, according to ESPN. “It’s not easy, if you exclude the US Open, she’s 19. It takes time. The level at the WTA is very, very high, so it’s going to take time for her and every young player just to get used to the level.

“She had a three week tournament in New York and I think now what she’s doing is the right thing. It took me a long time because my breakthrough came later than the other players. Everything the world has different times to break through. For me it took two or three years to get used to the Tour – it always takes time.”

Raducanu is set to face Viktorija Golubic in the first round of the Nottingham Open on Tuesday.