Former world No. 1 Mats Wilander insists that 18-year-old Emma Raducanu is playing way beyond her age and he has tipped the rising British star to win many more Grand Slams. Raducanu became the first-ever qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam after beating Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final.
"Goosebumps being here hearing the crowd,” Wilander said following the win for Raducanu, per Tennishead. “Routing for both players because the crowd couldn’t pick one side or another and it’s unfortunate when you have a loser in a match like this.
“[Raducanu] is way beyond her years a tennis player and mentally, she is not 18 up there. “I think she is more like 32 and will win way more because of the calmness she showed in the interviews and in her victory speech, I really do.
"I have never heard a crowd in Grand Slam tennis being this loud, this appreciative of the players and the player responding,” Wilander added on the occasion. “This was an epic of the US Open. It was a great comeback of the US Open, it was just an amazing two weeks”.
Raducanu fulfilled her dream of winning a Grand Slam
Raducanu's first Grand Slam title came in an unbelievable way as she won a total of 10 matches without a dropped set en route to winning the US Open. "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.
"I first started when I was a little girl, but I think the biggest thing that you have visions of is, for me it was just winning, the winning moment, and going to celebrate with your team in the box, trying to find your way up to the box, just seeing them after the match. That's been playing in my head, like, a couple nights. Like I've fallen asleep to that (smiling)."