Former world No. 1 Jim Courier believes Emma Raducanu could at least make a semifinal at a Grand Slam next year and he would not be surprised if she went a step further. Raducanu, 19, stunned the tennis world in September at the US Open when she became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.
Since then, Raducanu appeared in three tournaments and collected only two wins. "Who is to say that she won't make a deep run. I can easily see a semifinal for her next year and maybe further but I think the semis is a good benchmark if I am on her team to target," Courier said on Tennis Channel.
Raducanu's US Open victory surprised Jo Durie
British tennis legend Durie said she knew Raducanu was talented but she never expected her to win the US Open in such a fashion. "It really has had an impact on a lot of people.
She is so engaging as a character, easy to watch as she is such a great player and it really has inspired a lot of people and given our game a massive boost," Durie explained. “What I saw in Emma in recent years is someone who I knew was going to be very good, but to win a Grand Slam like that, no I didn’t see that happening.
“This was someone who didn’t play much at the start of this year, had not even played a match on the WTA Tour and then she played in the manner she did at Wimbledon before we all saw what happened at the US Open.
“That was not on anyone’s radar, but we can all see the talent there. She works hard, is eager to learn, has a great temperament, so let’s celebrate her success. It’s fantastic for Emma and everyone involved in British tennis." Raducanu added Angelique Kerber's former coach Torben Beltz for the 2022 season.