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Emma Raducanu: Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothavong backs Briton to achieve greatness

Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothavong says Emma Raducanu can “achieve great things” because she has already become a Grand Slam champion.

The British No. 1 rocked the tennis world when she claimed the US Open title last year after qualifying and not dropping a set in 10 matches.

Since then, it’s been more of a struggle for the 19-year-old who this year played the first round at Flushing Meadows and the second round of the other three Grand Slams.

Keothavong (right) says it’s important for Raducanu to make sure she’s ‘fit and healthy’

Raducanu has struggled with injuries and has gone through a succession of changes in her coaching lineup, with Dmitry Tursunov being the last to say goodbye to the teenager.

She has fallen to 75th in the latest WTA rankings after just one appearance in the semifinals in 2022.

“The most important thing for Emma is making sure she’s fit and healthy,” Keothavong says. “She’s had a year on tour where she understands better what the expectations are and how to manage her time and her body, so she’ll have a clearer idea about that next year.

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“She is a Grand Slam champion – no one will take that away from her and she is capable of great things.”

‘Good for her when she’s chatting with Kane’

Raducanu has sought advice from striker Harry Kane

Raducanu, according to recent reports, has sought advice from England captain Harry Kane about life in the sports spotlight, with the Tottenham striker offering the benefit of his experience.

“With athletes at the very highest level, in the sport you are involved in, you have to deal with similar stress and expectations,” Keothavong added. “You all have a tremendous drive to achieve what you want to achieve and to be the very best in your chosen profession, so if she talks to Harry Kane, it’s good for her.

“Hopefully Harry Kane will also send his best to the Billie Jean King Cup team in Great Britain.”

Raducanu brought her season to a premature end last month due to a wrist injury that prevented her from representing Great Britain at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow this week.


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