Former world No. 1 Andy Murray used the word "incredible" to describe what Emma Raducanu did at the US Open. Raducanu, who was ranked at No. 150 in the world, won three qualifying matches and then seven main draw matches to win the US Open.
Raducanu, 18, became the first player in tennis history to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier. “It was incredible what she did there," Murray said of Raducanu's victory. “I think for a lot of the people involved in British tennis, we knew she was extremely good.
She hadn’t competed much for the last sort of 18 months or so with school and coronavirus and those sorts of things, but I think at Wimbledon (where Raducanu reached the fourth round) everyone sort of got a bit of a glimpse of how good she could be.
“I’ve spent a little bit of time around her on the practice court, but more so in the same building, training close to each other, and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously really, really good."
Murray also described Raducanu's run as special
Not only that Raducanu won 10 matches at the US Open, she did it without a dropped set.
“But what she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives hopefully the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalise on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport. It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now”.
After winning the US Open, Raducanu admitted she couldn't believe it. "Yeah, the visions I had, they were from pretty early on, I would say. I've always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can't believe it," Raducanu said.
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