Emma Raducanu is losing the “respect” of her fellow players she won at the US Open, according to Daniela Hantuchova
The British No.1 lost her latest match at the Miami Open to world No.53 Katerina Siniakova despite being a set and a break up - and then serving for the match at 5-4 in the third. The same thing happened at the last event in Indian Wells where she also served for the amtch in the final set but ultimately lost.
Raducanu has now won only two matches in her first five events this year - and only four in eight tournaments since winning her the title in New York last September. All four of her defeats this year, including her retirement in Mexico, have come in gruelling three-set matches. Amazon Prime analyst Hantuchova said:
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“That was a tough one for Emma. I think it is going to hurt big time because of the chances she had. She was the better player for most of it. Siniakova is a great fighter and she showed why she has won all the big titles in doubles - she is not afraid of the big names. But the thing is now with Emma, everyone wants to beat her. Everyone is trying to figure out how to play against her."
She further added:
"All the locker room respect she had after the US Open is now kind of going away which is a shame. It is going to be important now for Emma to regroup, rethink what she has to change and get out there on the practice court. There is no other way around it. Just keep putting the hard work in.”