Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki described Emma Raducanu's US Open run as "exceptional" as she is hoping the promising Briton unlocks her potential to the fullest. Raducanu was just 18 at the time she made tennis history and became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu, 19, won a total of 10 matches - three qualifying and seven main draw matches - all in straight sets - to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open. After winning the US Open, Raducanu revealed she came to New York tired and her goal was just to make it past the qualifying event and make her debut at Flushing Meadows.
What happened will go down as one of the most stunning things seen in the history of the game. "I mean she's so young, she played incredibly at the US Open. I think nobody expected her to go all the way and I don't think she did either," Wozniacki said on Tennis Channel.
"But what she did was exceptional and obviously with that comes a lot of media attention, pressure, sponsorships, and a lot of off-court opportunities and I think for her, she looks to be a very hard worker and just keep going and keep improving.
Wozniacki advises Raducanu to 'enjoy tennis and have fun'
Raducanu hasn't had any notable results since her US Open victory but she has also been plagued by various health setbacks. Wozniacki noted Raducanu is now a Grand Slam champion and players are extremely motivated to beat her.
Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, advised Raducanu to keep working hard and enjoy her time on the court. "And now people know how she's playing so it's gonna be more difficult, she has a target on her back," Wozniacki added.
"But go out there and enjoy what you're doing, have fun with it and the results are gonna come no doubt."