Former world No. 1 Boris Becker believes we have a new superstar in Emma Raducanu. Raducanu, 18, became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam after beating Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final. Raducanu won a total of 10 matches over three weeks at the US Open, all in straight sets.
“What a supreme feeling: she got a personal letter from Queen Elizabeth. If that’s not a tribute, I don’t know what else there is to come,” Becker told Eurosport. “Everyone here has noticed: we have a new superstar.
But now it starts, now the dance starts. “You have to follow up the performance, and the benchmark is impossibly high. She’s not going to win every match for the rest of her life. “It’s an open secret: she will become ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’ – imagine that; it doesn’t get any better than that.
Then there will be a Sir Andy Murray and a Dame Emma Raducanu – wow!”
Becker says it's time for Raducanu and others to shine
In the US Open women's singles final, 18-year-old Raducanu took on 19-year-old Fernandez.
"I think the generational change has happened. The younger generation has taken over now. We just talked about Serena Williams, for a very long time, because it was just her,” said Becker. “Only [Leylah] Fernandez and Raducanu deserve to be the centre of attention now, and that will continue for the next few weeks.
The young guns bring everything the tennis fan wants. “For me, they are playing a different type of tennis: it’s a new, attacking form of tennis. The others can hardly keep up with that, because those two are getting better, and they’re going to fine-tune that.
“This, ‘I go into the rally and wait until the other one misses the ball’ – I think that’s over!”