By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday October 9, 2021
On Friday night time on the BNP Paribas Open we noticed combined outcomes from the contributors of this yr’s thrilling US Open girls’s singles ultimate, which was the primary all teenager ultimate at a Slam since 1999, as Emma Raducanu fell on the first hurdle to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, whereas Leylah Fernandez, the runner-up in New York, defeated France’s Alizé Cornet.
Win or lose, there’s one obvious similarity between Raducanu, 18, and Fernandez, 19. Every is targeted on choosing up extra expertise, and each function underneath the belief that there isn’t a such factor as a straight line to the highest.
There will likely be bumps alongside the best way, and till each Fernandez and Raducanu have skilled extra of what life is like on the WTA degree – taking part in in numerous cities, underneath completely completely different and generally extraordinarily troublesome taking part in situations, and experiencing the total week-in, week-out grind of travelling the tour as a star of the game – they are going to settle for that there’s a lot to study, and nonetheless loads of room for development.
“I am solely 19 years outdated,” a decided Fernandez mentioned after dispatching Cornet, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday night time to arrange a third-round match with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. “All these gamers that I am taking part in in opposition to have much more expertise on tour, many extra matches, many extra years on tour.”
Fernandez is hungry to win now, but additionally humble sufficient to grasp that she’s bought so much to study.
“Like my grandfather, like my dad at all times says, it does not matter how a lot I do know, people who find themselves older, who’ve been by these conditions, know greater than you do, so reap the benefits of it, simply hold within the second, work exhausting and wait in your alternative.”
Raducanu: “I am nonetheless very, very new to the tour. Expertise simply comes from taking part in week in, week out and experiencing all these various things.
“Form of glad what occurred at this time occurred so I can study, take it as a lesson, so going ahead I will have extra skilled banked.” pic.twitter.com/L2k5yzRoCe
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) October 9, 2021
Raducanu, who dropped a straight-setter to Sasnovich, 6-2, 6-4, spoke in related phrases.
“I am nonetheless very, very new to the tour,” she instructed the press after Friday night time’s defeat. “I believe that have simply comes from taking part in week in, week out and experiencing all these various things. I am sort of glad that what occurred at this time occurred so I can study and take it as a lesson. So going ahead, yeah, I will simply have extra skilled banked.”
The message right here is obvious: Raducanu has 14 WTA-level matches to her title; Fernandez has 59. Some say it takes about 150 matches on the tour to grow to be totally acclimated to all the trials and variables that one should encounter to be actually skilled on tour.
Clearly, Raducanu and Fernandez are arrange for big-time success, and each challenge to have great careers, however that doesn’t imply that there aren’t rising pains to be endured. It’s all a part of the method.
Because the saying goes, it’s not a dash, however a marathon.
By recognizing the significance of “banking” such expertise, each gamers are already proving that they aren’t simply wildly gifted, they’re additionally smart past their years. And that ought to assist them immensely as they endeavor to meet the promise that they’ve already proven the tennis world they possess within the ensuing years.