Former British No. 1 Tim Henman believes Emma Raducanu is the real deal and he has tipped the rising British star to win many more Grand Slams. Raducanu, 18, put up a stunning run at the US Open to win her maiden Grand Slam title.
Raducanu won a total of 10 matches at the US Open as she had to go through the qualifying. Speaking on Radio Four’s Today programme, Henman said: “What’s been astonishing is how she’s taken it in her stride, at 18 years of age.
The level of tennis she’s played – she’s won 10 matches to win the US Open – it’s absolutely incredible. “Pressure is all self-inflicted, but she’s handled herself so well and that’s what’s so incredibly exciting for her moving forward, but also very exciting for us because we can follow that journey."
Henman excited about what Raducanu brings to British tennis
“For British tennis, British sport and for world tennis it’s really changed the landscape in the last three weeks," Henman added. “I’ve been around the game long enough to know who’s good, who’s very good, and who could be a flash in the pan, and that could not be further from the truth.
“She’s the real deal, and she’s going to win more of these events in the future, I’m convinced. She’s going to be a superstar in this sport and an incredible role model for young girls and young children”.
After achieving her dream of winning a Grand Slam, Raducanu 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.