Emma Raducanu has been told that Coco Gauff is the “leader” of her generation in women’s tennis after the 18-year-old’s run to the French Open final. The American lost her maiden Grand Slam final to Iga Swiatek on Saturday but the tennis legend thought Gauff was still ahead of Raducanu despite the Brit winning a Major title at the US Open.
Evert snubbed Raducanu for Gauff after the world No 23 came runner-up to Swiatek at Roland Garros, claiming the American was “doing everything right” and benefitting from a steady rise to the top. “I would say her career is like the stairway to heaven right now and she’s on the top step because she’s reached a final,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion told Eurosport.
“And, you know, everything in moderation. I think that’s a healthier sort of environment. I mean Raducanu had an unbelievable US Open but I think she’s been struggling ever since then and I think it’s going to be a while if she wins another one but I think Coco is the best of that young group and I think she’s been doing everything the correct way.”
Gauff first had her breakthrough at Wimbledon three years ago, qualifying and defeating Venus Williams in her opening match as a 15-year-old before going on to make the second week, losing to eventual-champion Simona Halep. And the teenager has backed up her hype since, becoming a consistent force on the tour.
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