Less than three months ago questions were being raised about her. Critics speculated that she was too young, that there was too much expected of her, that she couldn’t handle pressure.
But just look at her now. Emma Raducanu – the 18-year-old who crashed and burnt in the fourth round of Wimbledon – is now the sports world’s latest darling.
Emma was forced to retire from Wimbledon when nerves got the better of her and later admitted “the whole experience caught up with me”.