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Mats Wilander shares thoughts on Emma Raducanu failing to defend US Open title

Raducanu exited the US Open following a first round loss to Alize Cornet.

Mats Wilander said he wasn’t really surprised by Emma Raducanu’s US Open first round defeat to Alize Cornet and added the 19-year-old is now “back to reality.” On Tuesday, Raducanu exited the US Open following a 6-3 6-3 loss to Cornet.

Cornet has a history of upsetting high-ranked players at Grand Slams so Wilander knew she would be a tough matchup for Raducanu. Earlier this year, Cornet beat Simona Halep at the Australian Open and Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon, respectively.

“I would say that for Raducanu right now, playing someone like Cornet who is smart and experienced, is not a good draw. She [Cornet] doesn’t make mistakes and also is a giant killer, she’s not afraid of the bigger players.

It’s just not a good draw. So is that [Raducanu’s loss] a surprise? Not really to be honest,” Wilander told Eurosport.

Wilander: Now we are going to start seeing what Raducanu is all about

11th-ranked Raducanu is set to drop big in the rankings after failing to defend her US Open title.

But Wilander suggests Raducanu starting from the scratch may be just what the doctor ordered. “I do think that we now are going to start seeing what Raducanu is all about. She’s going to drop all the ranking points, and she’s going to start from zero, except she will still be in the majors and in most tournaments.

Hopefully, she can hang on to [current coach] Dmitry Tursunov for a little longer than a few months because I think that is important too,” Wilander added.

After losing to Cornet, Raducanu said she can now continue with “a clean state.”Wilander is rooting for Raducanu to find a winning formula and be a star in the years to come. “I’m very excited to see her continue and push forwards because I do think that she seems like a great person. She has a great attitude.

She’s obviously the biggest thing that happened in British sports in a long, long, long time, for the women’s side and on the men’s side, too. How do you deal with that? Well, it’s now back to reality, which I think could not have come soon enough to be honest,” Wilander concluded.

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