Former British No 1 Tim Henman revealed the first thing that struck him about Emma Raducanu was the intensity with which the rising British tennis star practiced. During the 2021 US Open, Henman was interested in seeing how Raducanu looked on a practice court.
Henman was left in awe after seeing the intensity with which the 19-year-old practiced. "Between qualifying and her first match, I saw Emma practice with Andrew on the court. I was interested to see how Andrew was getting on and what sort of drills they were doing.
I think the one thing that really struck me about both of them was the intensity. This was really quality practice. There was no messing around and Andrew was very specific on the drills that he felt that Emma should be doing.
And Emma was obviously buying into that so there was an intensity for someone so young and inexperienced, that was very impressive," Henman said in a video for the Amazon Prime Video Sport YouTube channel, per Sportskeeda.
Raducanu ended up winning the US Open
Raducanu made tennis history when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title. During last year's US Open, Raducanu was ranked around No 150 in the world as she wasn't even close to making the main draw cut for the final Grand Slam tournament of the season.
However, Raducanu entered the qualifying event, where she won three matches in straight sets to earn a main draw place. After successfully making it past the qualifying event, Raducanu won seven main draw matches - all in straight sets - to stunningly lift her first Grand Slam title as a qualifier, at the age of 18.
This year, Raducanu didn't enjoy much success at Flushing Meadows. In her opener at the tournament, Raducanu suffered a first round defeat to France's Alize Cornet.
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