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Emma Raducanu warned over what could wreck her career as Grand Slam hopes fade

Emma Raducanu has been warned that injuries could wreck her career by Express Sport readers as they responded to a poll about the future of her career. Respondents also overwhelming believe she will not win another Grand Slam – meaning her success at the 2021 US Open may well end up being her sole major success.

Raducanu won the hearts of the nation last year as she stormed to success at Flushing Meadow without dropping a set, making her the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade claimed the Wimbledon title in 1977. Her win was made all the more impressive as she had to come through qualifying to do it, making her the first singles qualifier to win a major tournament in the Grand Slam era.

However, her performances this season have left a lot to be desired as she failed to make it past the second round of any of the majors and has lost over half of all the matches she has competed in during 2022. She now sits as world No 80, falling rapidly from a high of No 10 earlier this year.

Injuries have not helped matters, having suffered back and leg issues over the course of the year. The latest problem she has picked up has been to her wrist forcing her to miss the Translyvania Open this year, a tournament close to her heart as her father is Romanian. She will not compete in any more competitions this year as a result, focusing on getting back to her best in 2023 instead.

Now Express Sport readers believe that injuries could end up wrecking her career. When asked. the question ‘Do you fear injuries may wreck Raducanu’s career’, 66% of the 2650 respondees voted ‘Yes’. This could have a major impact on her Grand Slam chances, something readers also believe are slim, with 77% responding ‘No’ to the question ‘Will Raducanu ever win another Grand Slam?’

However, former women’s No 1 Kim Clijsters believes Raducanu will return to the top, with her current slump offering her the opportunity to start afresh.
“She’s young, she’s a very smart girl, she’s a very talented player, works hard, has an open mindset to learn and to improve so she has all the ingredients to become a good player, it’s just taken her a little time to adjust,” Clijsters told Eurosport after the Brit’s US Open knock out.

“There’s a certain type of pressure that you put on yourself. The pressure that comes with being a defending champion. But we were in England a few weeks ago and the questions you hear from the English media – when I have to do interviews there it’s all about ‘How come she hasn’t been able to produce another big win or big upset’.
“It’s not that easy and it’s impossible for her to filter all that out. You can try to ignore it as much as you want but for Emma it’s all about being in the moment and taking it one step at a time and doing her best. That’s what she is doing and that’s all she can do.”

It remains to be seen how Raducanu performs on her return from injury next year – but it is fair to say that fans are currently not confident about her future career prospects.

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