September 10, 2021
Emma Raducanu was compared to the great Rafael Nadal after becoming the first qualifier ever to reach a Grand Slam final.
The British teenager has the experts and legends struggling for rational explanations.
Her astonishing 6-1, 6-4 victory over the powerful Greek, Maria Sakkari showed superlative strength in all areas..
One of the greatest female players of all time thinks Raducanu must be some kind of reincarnation.
Martina Navratilova gasped: ‘She must have been here in another life. There’s no way you can do this the first time. You can’t even think about the repercussions.’
The most obvious repercussion is instant world stardom for Britain’s sensational eighteen-year-old.
The Americans love her as much as they do back home!
Can you imagine Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon 2022 now?
People are already talking about Radumania. They’re demanding mixed doubles with Andy Murray at the All England Club.
Wimbledon 2022 is now set to be unbelievably special.
But back to New York. Greg Rusedski summed up Raducanu’s performance like this: ‘It’s like a natural superpower. It’s incredible. The last time I saw anything like this at the same age was Rafael Nadal.’
Stunning returns and second serves were backed up by killer volleys when needed.
They all had British legend Tim Henman almost drooling courtside. ‘It was an absolutely staggering performance,’ he said.
Emma threw away her racquet at the moment of triumph after seeing off an attempted Sakkari comeback.
What a relief! Raducanu was visibly trying to control her breathing at moments of maximum pressure.
She came unstuck at Wimbledon a few months ago when she lost that battle. Now she has come back stronger.
And above all, Emma is just enjoying the experience.
She explained: ‘My time here in New York has gone so fast. Before you know it, three weeks later I’m in the final and I can’t actually believe it.’
Will she suffer the pressure of expectation when it comes to Saturday’s final against fellow-teenager Leylah Fernandez of Canada?
‘Is there any expectation? I’m a qualifier!’ replied Raducanu laughing.
What a great answer!
Her showbiz smile and steely determination have already caused the world to sit up and take notice.
She is the first person to play nine matches at a Grand Slam and now one more awaits.
Can she score a perfect ten?
Emma is the youngest British finalist in 62 years. It’s 53 years since British legend Virginia Wade made the US Open final.
She was there on Arthur Ashe to watch the new superstar of world sport.
Will you be there on Centre Court to watch Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon 2022?
Just when we thought tennis and Wimbledon couldn’t get any more exciting, along comes the next phenomenon.
Don’t you just love it?