Tim Henman gives Emma Raducanu reasons to be positive despite second-round exit at Australian Open
Raducanu, playing just her third Grand Slam after winning on the US Open last year, lost in the second round to Danka KoviniÄ‡ at Melbourne Park.
But the 19-year-old has been praised by the former British No1 for her “work ethic” and “attitude”.
“It’s been a pretty challenging start to the year for Raducanu,” Henman told Eurosport. “But I loved her competitive spirit. I thought she did absolutely brilliantly to come through the match against Stephens, and I’m sure that would have given her a big boost of confidence just to get that match under her belt, but then she had another spanner in the works with blisters on her hands [against Kovinic].
“So it’s been hard, but I love her attitude. I love her work ethic. There are going to be lots of opportunities ahead for Raducanu. I think it’s a similar conversation with a lot of young players like Jannik Sinner or Carlos Alcaraz.
“We need to be patient. Emma is the least experienced of all these players, she’s barely played a handful of professional tournaments and is only in her third Grand Slam.
“Yes, she’s already won one, but she certainly needs time to develop and learn her trade and improve all aspects of a game and if she does that, then sure she’s going to win many more big titles in the future.”
Raducanu will now work on her fitness in the coming weeks with the prospect of playing tournaments in the Middle East before switching attention to WTA 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami in March.