Emma Raducanu warned of her ‘greatest danger’ after newfound fame from US Open win

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Emma Raducanu has been warned about one of the “greatest dangers” to her career by a former Grand Slam champion. Justine Henin, who won seven Majors and was world No 1, spoke of what the 18-year-old would be facing after becoming an overnight sensation thanks to her US Open win.

Two months ago, Raducanu became a household name after making history as the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.

Ranked at a then career-high of world No 150, the teenager arrived in New York to compete in the qualifying event, and ten matches later found herself hoisting the US Open trophy.

The victory propelled the Bromley local straight into the world’s top 25, and saw her reach newfound levels of superstardom almost overnight as she received invitations to the prestigious Met Gala, and the No Time To Die premiere.

Raducanu’s rapid ascent to the upper echelons of tennis were unprecedented, and the teenager has played just two events since her US Open win, winning two matches and losing two.

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Now, retired tennis legend Henin has shared her thoughts on the world No 2’s rise, and warned her of one of the “greatest dangers” to her career.

“For Emma Raducanu everything goes very, very fast. Everything has gone very, very fast here in the span of a few weeks, between Wimbledon and the US Open,” the Belgian said,  speaking exclusively to Eurosport.

Before the 18-year-old made her name by winning the US Open, she received a last-minute wildcard in Wimbledon while ranked down at world No 338 and stormed into the second-week, during her first-ever appearance at Grand Slam level.

Henin continued: “There’s going to be a lot of digesting to do afterwards. Of course she’s in the spotlight now, and that’s something she’s going to have to deal with.

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“When you win a Grand Slam, especially when you come out of nowhere surprising everyone, it raises a lot of interrogations.”

The 39-year-old also praised Raduvanu and shared what impressed her about the Bromley teenager, adding: Raducanu, she ‘lit up’ the court with her tennis, with her audacity, with her attitude on the court, and I was really impressed by her freshness.

“I loved this women’s US Open and now we’ll see what she’ll be able to offer, obviously this week in Linz. But especially in the weeks and months to come.”

Henin also had a warning for the recent US Open champion, sharing what she believed was one of the “greatest dangers” professional players could face nowadays.

“She is very young. We’ll have to give this player time because she’s going to have a lot to deal with, especially her image,” the multiple Grand Slam champion and 2004 Olympic gold medallist said.

“Today. I would like to say, it is potentially almost one of the greatest dangers for a player’s career.”

Raducanu herself has already stressed her priorities, focusing her energy on tennis and allowing secondary commitments like sponsorships and photoshoots to come second.

“I made it very, very clear to every single person in my team that I was not going to cancel one training session or practice session for any off court commitments,” the world No 20 said, arriving in Linz for the Upper Austria WTA 250 event.

“I wanted to make sure that that is my priority, and it is, so everyone’s clear about that. But it’s just managing my time with the commitments around that.”
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