Emma Raducanu defended by Chris Evert over mounting pressure

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And Evert pointed out that things had been even more challenging for the US Open champion because her unprecedented triumph came when she was inexperienced and had never even been ranked inside of the world’s top 100. “It’s hard when you win a Grand Slam and you’re out of the top 100. That’s a tough, tough, tough act to follow and she’s feeling it, but she’s just got to put her nose to the grindstone and deal with it and work her way up, and I think she is doing that,” she said.

“She has got a great game, and she has got a great attitude. But it is tough being a superstar in England, and I saw that in the last 50 years I’ve seen that with English players.  The press are just different in England, they are relentless, they build you up and then if you don’t live up to the expectations, they are just not as supportive. It’s not all the press there, but the tabloids, you just have to be thick-skinned. She has got to be thick-skinned. But I think she is.”



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