Dont expect her to win! Pat Cash on why Emma Raducanu will lose her next game

Pat Cash discusses Raducanu's chances at Australian Open

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The Australian former professional tennis player gave his opinion on how the US Open champion will fare in her next game of the Grand Slam. Unfortunately for Emma Raducanu, who wowed tennis fans across the world last year, Pat is certain the 19-year-old will be defeated by opponent Sloane.

While Pat was appearing on Lorraine to talk about his stint on The Masked Singer as character Bagpipes, the host wanted his Australian Open predictions.

“Of course we’ve got Emma Raducanu who’s playing in a little while, she’s got a very tough match,” Pat stated.

“I don’t expect her to win that. She’s going to play Sloane Stephens, who won the US Open and has been in the final of the French Open.

“But it’s a great learning experience for her and she’s come from nowhere.

“Ironically, even though she is a US Open champion, she has to develop experience.

“It makes it a very interesting Australian Open even though we’re missing Novak Djokovic for the reasons we all know.

“But it’s still a Grand Slam and there’s lots of action happening.”

Emma has already had a tough start to the Australian Open as she won just one game in her match against world No 13 Elena Rybakina.

Her original opponent, Iga Swiatek, withdrew from the competition leaving Emma to face Elena instead.

She was beaten 6-0 6-1 in just 56 minutes.

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tournament Emma has faced since her win at the US Open in 2021.

It’s not just Pat who believes Emma has a tough challenge ahead of her as former British No 1, Andrew Castle stated she has to build up experience.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “What we saw at the US Open last year was so phenomenal, to go from schoolgirl to Grand Slam champion without losing a set.

“She didn’t beat any top-10 players there, but she beat everybody in front of her in straight sets.

“I’m not going to say it was an aberration, but it was one of those things where it’s almost like her career has gone into a reverse now.

“She has achieved the great thing that everybody aims for, but now she has to build again because life on the Tour day in, day out is very different.”

Andrew added: “It’s a grind, you have to get used to it and the other players get used to you a little bit.

“When it’s a job, it’s not a thrill to turn up every day.

“For her, going onto the court every single day, is at times going to feel like work.”

Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV from 9am.

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