Emma Raducanu urged to ‘search her own soul’ as Billie Jean King weighs in on scrutiny




Billie Jean King has offered Emma Raducanu some advice as she weighed in on the scrutiny the teenager found herself under since winning the 2021 US Open.



The tennis legend said the British No 1 needed to do some soul-searching but staunchly defended her, calling on critics to back off and let her breathe.





Raducanu made tennis history when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open 14 months ago but has since seen mixed results in her first full season on the tennis tour and gone through several coaches as she began to navigate life as a top player.





The 19-year-old hit a career high of world No 10 this year but now sits at No 75 after losing in the first round of the US Open on her return as the defending champion, and she has received some advice from one of the game’s biggest icons.




“First of all, you can’t pay attention to what anyone says about you. And don’t take anything personally,” King said after arriving at her namesake tournament – the Billie Jean King Cup – in Glasgow.


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