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Emma Raducanu hits back at her critics saying expectations on her are 'unrealistic'

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Emma Raducanu has answered her critics, saying it is 'unrealistic' to expect her suddenly start winning tournaments every week.

Raducanu, who is still only 19-years-old, enjoyed an incredible summer last year.

It all started at Wimbledon, where she 'walked away' mid-match against Ajla Tomljanovic due to struggling to cope mentally with the limelight that had suddenly been thrust upon her.

Two months later she went to the US Open and became the first ever qualifier to win a major.

Since then it has been a lot tougher for Raducanu, with her struggling to string wins together and suffering many niggling injuries.

That has led to critics calling her US Open win a fluke and saying the hype is not justified, but she has a very reasonable message for those people.

Speaking in a video for sponsors Nike, Raducanu said: "I walked away from Wimbledon.

"I never experienced anything like it, I just let all the emotions go like crazy. I took that straight into training and then the US Open happened.

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"After winning the US Open, everyone just expected me to win every single tournament I was ever going to play again. I think its a bit unrealistic because perfection just doesn't exist.

"I'm working on letting go. Letting go of being perfect at all times and being afraid to look bad in front of myself."

Emma Raducanu is expected to be back at Wimbledon again this summer, although there are concerns over her fitness.

She suffered what appeared to be a muscular injury during her opening match at Nottingham last week and is yet to offer any update about her chances of recovering in time for SW19.

Should she make it, Raducanu will be seeded for Wimbledon where expectations from the home crowd will be even higher than they were in 2021.

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