Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard says it was refreshing to see Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez make noise at the US Open. Raducanu, 18, and 19-year-old Fernandez clashed in the US Open final. Raducanu ended up beating Fernandez in straight sets to lift her maiden Grand Slam crown.
Raducanu won a total of 10 matches at the US Open as she also played in the qualifying event. “We were all in this narrative, saying ‘Tennis is so hard on the players’ minds, they can’t compete with the pressure, media are going too hard on those kids,’ and then you get Fernandez and Raducanu coming, all lights out, big eyes, so happy just to be out there, enjoying the moment, not thinking about the backstage, the business,” Bouchard told Tennis Majors.
“They’re just playing the match and beating those players. It’s so refreshing, and the contrast is massive between them and Naomi feeling like she needs a break and has no joy out there”.
Bouchard, Marion Bartoli speak highly of Raducanu
2013 Wimbledon champion Bartoli insists what Raducanu did can't be a fluke or a coincidence.
Raducanu drew attention to her name at Wimbledon, where she made the round-of-16 as a wild card. After her Wimbledon campaign, many tipped Raducanu to become a star one day. However, no one expected Raducanu to do what she did at the US Open.
"Even though she had zero experience at that level I didn’t see anything in her game that was starting to collapse,” Bartoli said. “And that to me showed first of all confidence, but especially preparation.
Especially mentally preparation, just to imagine yourself there one day, and that’s probably the long road of work of the LTA has been doing over the years, just to give those players a platform and the voice of someone who has done it more and more times, like Andy."