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'Emma Raducanu is on the right track, but she must be realistic about Wimbledon,' says tennis pundit

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British number one Emma Raducanu is on the right track to continue her impressive run, but she must block out all the pressure to succeed at Wimbledon says Barbara Schett.

Raducanu has had a meteoric rise to fame in the last year since scooping the US Open title, the first player ever to do so as a qualifier to the tournament.

The young British star had only ever played one Grand Slam before that at Wimbledon, just a few months before her US Open win, where she entered as a wildcard and managed to reach the last 16.

With her increasing popularity and high-profile, Raducanu now has expectations on her performances and Schett believes this will be a challenge, particularly in her home Grand Slam.

"The big challenge will definitely be Wimbledon for Emma Raducanu," Schett told Eurosport.

"I think if she could reach a semi-final, that would be unbelievable. I don't think, you know, people should, especially the people in the UK, think, 'okay, she's going to win Wimbledon'. That's a little bit too big of a task.

"But I think if she can just block out that whole stress or all the people around her who want something from her, if she can block out all the expectation from all the other people, then she's going to be a winner.

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"No matter how many rounds she's going to win because it's a long-term thing. It's not a sprint in tennis; it's a marathon," said Schett.

Raducanu recently cut ties with coach Torben Beltz and has no immediate plans to replace him but has said she needs to focus more on sparring with her fellow competitors. Schett agrees this may be a good thing for her development.

"Maybe she is a player who doesn't need a full-time coach," Schett explained.

"Maybe she needs a hitting partner who travels with her who she can hit with all the time. She is still figuring all of that out, but at the moment, it looks like she's really on the right track."

Raducanu is through to the third round of the Madrid Open and will face Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina next.

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