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Johanna Konta defends Emma Raducanu after the teenager’s ‘it’s a joke’ comments at Wimbledon

‘She has every right to say these facts’: Johanna Konta defends Emma Raducanu after teen says ‘it’s a joke’ she is under pressure at 19 after early Wimbledon departure

  • Emma Raducanu was knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round by Caroline Garcia
  • The 19-year-old said ‘it’s a joke’ that pressure is being put on her at such a young age
  • Former UK No. 1 Johanna Konta has backed Raducanu’s spiky comments
  • Konta praised teen for speaking ‘facts’ and urged fans to be patient

Former UK No. 1 Johanna Konta has jumped to the defense of Emma Raducanu after the teenager came under fire for her comments after Wimbledon.

Raducanu came into the limelight last year after her run to the fourth round in SW19, before becoming the first-ever singles qualifier to win a Grand Slam at the US Open.

The 19-year-old was therefore expected to participate in this year’s All England Club tournament, despite her preparations being hampered by a side injury.

Emma Raducanu was knocked out in the second round at Wimbledon by Caroline Garcia

Emma Raducanu was knocked out in the second round at Wimbledon by Caroline Garcia

But after beating Alison Van Uytvanck on her Center Court debut in the first round, Raducanu went on to lose 6-3 6-3 to Caroline Garcia in round two.

After her defeat, the UK No. 1 hit back at critics who suggested she is struggling to live up to the hype.

“There’s no pressure,” Raducanu said. ‘Like, why is there any pressure? I’m still 19. Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a Slam.’

While some fans have questioned the teen’s spiky response, former Wimbledon semi-finalist Konta supported Raducanu for standing up for himself.

After her loss, the 19-year-old said 'it's a joke' that there is pressure on her at such a young age

After her loss, the 19-year-old said ‘it’s a joke’ that there is pressure on her at such a young age

Former UK No. 1 Johanna Konta has praised Raducanu for speaking 'facts' and her 'maturity'

Former UK No. 1 Johanna Konta has praised Raducanu for speaking ‘facts’ and her ‘maturity’

“She definitely shows modern maturity in her knowledge of herself and what she wants to do and the direction she wants to go,” Konta told the paper. Daily Express

“What she said is fact, she’s a Grand Slam champion and she’s 19 years old, so it’s literally just facts she said.

“She has every right to say these facts. In terms of pressure again pressure is very much absorbed and handled individually.

Raducanu was thrust into the spotlight after winning the US Open last September

Raducanu was thrust into the spotlight after winning the US Open last September

“I think it’s great if she can process the situation in this way and see that it’s just part of the job and really not a big deal.”

Konta, who retired from tennis last year, also called for patience as Raducanu continues to develop on the world stage.

“Clearly Emma will continue to work to improve physically and improve her tennis,” she said. “So that will take time and I think we all know that.”

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