‘More tournaments, more training, more durability and stay in the points longer’: Tim Henman outlines EXACTLY what Emma Raducanu must do to become a top five player after defeat by Coco Gauff at Australian Open
- Tim Henman believes Emma Raducanu can ascend toward the top of the sport
- Henman said she needs to increase her conditioning to reduce unforced errors
- Raducanu has struggled since her stunning US Open triumph back in 2021
- Ex-world No. 1 Mats Wilander believes she can soon crash the top five
Tim Henman believes Emma Raducanu can rise to the top of women’s tennis if she increases her conditioning and experience levels.
The 2021 US Open winner lost in straight sets to seventh seed Coco Gauff in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
‘More tournaments, more training, more durability under her belt. She was able to stay in and win the longer exchanges,’ Henman said of how Raducanu can get back to her US Open winning form, via Eurosport.
Tim Henman believes Emma Raducanu’s 2nd round Australian Open loss is a ‘learning curve’
The Briton was the key to her own downfall, making a litany of unforced errors throughout the one hour and 42 minute contest.
‘This is another important learning curve for Emma, playing in this environment against the top players,’ Henman continued.
‘She can see the level. She was the one dictating a lot of these points, but she still has to build up the physicality to stay in the rallies longer and make sure she doesn’t make unforced errors. If she does that, she can win big matches.’
The Briton’s game was littered with errors and in the end she was second-best to the American
Raducanu had 42 unforced errors, edging Goff by one, but had 17 winners to 13 – emphasising her big-play ability, which bore two set points in the second.
‘Emma has unbelievable ball-striking skills and great technique,’ Henman said.
‘That’s why she qualified and won the US Open; she has the ability she has. But you have to get the balance right between being aggressive and making unforced errors.’
Raducanu has largely struggled since her 2021 Flushing Meadows triumph, failing to progress beyond the second round at a Grand Slam since. Though, aged just 20, her future is still bright – according to former world No. 1 Mats Wilander.
Raducanu has not progressed beyond the second round since her US Open triumph in 2021
‘For Raducanu, the potential is there,’ he said on Eurosport’s coverage of the Australian Open.
‘Hold on, she’s already won a Grand Slam! The potential is there to be a top five player because of the technique, the ball-striking and the fighting spirit.
‘She’s such a good ball-striker, and when you’re putting pressure on your opponent like that you’re bound to get some unforced errors from your opponent, and you’re going to make some unforced errors.’
Raducanu and coach Sebastian Sachs must go back to the practice court after the tough loss
Coco Gauff overcame her fellow youngster to progress to the third round of the Aussie slam