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Who Is the Mysterious Woman Sitting in Emma Raducanu’s Box? Meet the Invisible Force Behind the Brit’s Rise to the Top

Emma Raducanu seems to be quite in form at Wimbledon. After keeping herself out for two long years, the WTA star has finally navigated back to the All England Club, and it seems like she has plans to stay. While Nick Cavaday is reportedly her coach since her comeback, there was someone else in the box who caught the eye of fans. For those curious to find out, she isn’t a family member or a friend but an “invisible mentor” who stays just a call away.

During Raducanu’s first-round clash at the 2024 Wimbledon, fans spotted an unrecognized yet crucial presence in her player’s box. This same woman was there in 2022, who didn’t just exist but also provided consistent support and guidance. This mysterious entity is Jane O’Donoghue, Emma Raducanu’s backup coach.

Jane O’Donoghue has played an important role in Raducanu’s journey from an enthusiast to a tennis pro. She was Raducanu’s childhood coach and, therefore, helped her shape the game while she was just 13. O’Donoghue was once a WTA pro herself and also broke into the world’s top 200. She later became the LTA’s national coach for women from 2009 to 2019 and is now working in the banking sector.

Despite stepping away from professional tennis, O’Donoghue has always been available for Raducanu. For instance, she assisted Raducanu during her preparation for the Nottingham Open this year when her main coach was unwell. She was present in 2022 to guide Raducanu during her second Wimbledon run when she had just parted ways with coach Torben Beltz.

Raducanu is currently through with her opening-round match at Wimbledon. Now that she is looking forward to Elise Mertens, fans can easily keep their stress aside as the companion and mentor stands by her side. While there was no official period of her commitment with Emma Raducanu, there’s no record of wins and losses under her guidance. However, her mentor’s doubles partner seems to have a track of things.

Emma Raducanu’s invisible mentor’s performance record
There are no numbers and statistics when it comes to calculating the impact of Jane O’Donoghue’s presence with Emma Raducanu. However, her mentor’s former doubles partner, Claire Curran, highlighted the influence. “Jane’s never not been on Emma’s team. She’s always been an invisible mentor to Emma, she’s a friend of the family. So even though she’s not been on the scene in the last three-and-a-half years, she’s very much been part of Emma’s inner circle,” she said in an interview back in 2022.

Jane O’Donoghue’s understanding of Raducanu’s game was known to the world from an early period. Curran recalled, “Back in 2018, Jane told me, ‘Emma’s always going to be the one changing direction, on the front foot, dictating play.’”

This strategy not only helped Emma Raducanu during tough times but also had a significant impact on her stunning performance at the US Open. As the Briton has already taken the first step towards Wimbledon glory, the impact of her special connection will be analyzed.

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