Daniela Hantuchova believes Emma Raducanu has the “class and talent” to “achieve even bigger things” as the tennis pundit responded to Nick Kyrgios’ criticism of her analyses of the US Open champion.
On the back of Raducanu’s early exit from the Miami Open, Hantuchova explained during her post-match analyses that the teenager appears to have lost her aura following her Flushing Meadows success, saying that the locker room respect she commanded after her first major appears to have gone
“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. But the thing is now with Emma, everyone wants to beat her. Everyone is trying to figure out how to play against her,” the former world No 5 said on Amazon Prime.
“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.
“At that age, you want to be fit, you want to show everyone that you are out there, no matter how long it takes. It was humid and it wasn’t easy out there. But this is where you have to be tough if you want to win matches like this, if you want to win tournaments like this. And I believe Emma has the level, she just has to find a way to get it out of her.”
“What’s with old retired players giving their opinion on our stars now? I read an article about a past female player talking about Raducanu, no offence but she is a far far bigger name already,” the Australian wrote.
The Slovakian, though, has also turned to Twitter as she asked the “super busy” Kyrgios to listen to the interview in its entirety