Martina Navratilova: Emma Raducanu has impeccable technique, extremely high tennis IQ



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Martina Navratilova: Emma Raducanu has impeccable technique, extremely high tennis IQ

Former world No. 1 Martina Navratilova was impressed by Emma Raducanu while watching the Briton's US Open round-of-16 against Shelby Rogers. Navratilova was watching the Raducanu and Rogers clash alongside fellow US Open champions Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade.

Raducanu, 18, demolished Rogers 6-2 6-1 to make her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal. "Just because Virginia Wade was here it makes it that much more special,” Navratilova said while commentating for Prime Video following the match.

“I did not know she was here, Emma (Raducanu) probably did not know either. It’s a good thing she didn’t. “What a way of coming out in New York City, right? Getting this far in this tournament and then beating an American on Arthur Ashe court in this fashion.

“Keeping her head about her as well as she did. She might have got an A in her A Levels, but she’s also got an A in tennis psychology because she really knows what she’s doing out there in every aspect of the game.

“And the mental one, that’s the one that takes the longest to get, and she’s already there!”

Navratilova heavily impressed by Raducanu

Raducanu, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 150 in the world, drew attention to herself at Wimbledon, where she made the round-of-16 as a wild card.

Two months later, Raducanu made it past the US Open qualifying to earn a chance to make her main draw at Flushing Meadows. In seven matches played at the US Open so far, Raducanu has yet to drop a set. Raducanu will be battling Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic for a place in the US Open semifinal.

"Her technique is impeccable,” Navratilova added. “Her tennis IQ is extremely high. And the emotional level-headedness that she has, that’s really hard to come by. “So she’s really the whole package.

But as Tim (Henman) said, you don’t want to think about winning right now. It’s Belinda Bencic next, that’s all that matters”.