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Raducanu will win more grand slams despite struggles, believes ex-Olympic champion Puig

By Sports Desk February 07, 2023

Emma Raducanu will win more grand slams according to Monica Puig, but the ex-Olympic champion warns she must be given time to figure out what her game is going forward.

The Briton shot to tennis stardom with victory at the 2021 US Open, setting a record for the fewest majors played (two) before winning a title.

But a frustrating run of injuries and poor form across 2022, which also included numerous coaching changes, has seen her plummet to number 80 in the WTA rankings and fail to reach the third round of a slam since her famous triumph.

Puig, who won women's singles gold at Rio 2016, believes Raducanu still has the skill to reach the top again, but needs to focus on court matters first and foremost.

"I saw her many times courtside during the US Open when she did win that title and she is a very talented player," Puig told Sky Sports.

"Physically, she's still very young.

"She still needs time to develop and time to find out who she is as a tennis player, who she is as a person.

"I can sympathise with her because when I won the Olympics, it came out of nowhere. I can only imagine [what it was like] coming from the UK where something like that is so big."

Puig added: "Absolutely [she can still win grand slams]. She's still young. It's a matter of time.

"We're always seeing generational changes with players like myself and Serena Williams having now stepped away.

"She is going to be in that circle of names that are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

"She just needs to settle, find her ground and take the pressure and expectation off.

"Remember the reason why you started playing tennis in the first place. It's because of the love of the sport."

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