Tim Henman gives verdict on whether Emma Raducanu is ‘a flash in the pan’ after US Open | Tennis | Sport
The 18-year-old went into the New York Grand Slam surrounded by intrigue after surprising everyone with a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier in the summer.
But no-one expected Raducanu, now ranked 23rd in the world, would become the first ever qualifier to win the tournament, let alone do so without dropping a single set to any opponent across all 10 matches.
Henman, a six-time Grand Slam semi-finalist during his playing days, says he’s been involved in the sport long enough to know whether or not someone is the real deal.
“What’s been astonishing is how she’s taken it in her stride, at 18 years of age,” he told Radio Four’s Today programme.
“The level of tennis she’s played – she’s won 10 matches to win the US Open – it’s absolutely incredible.
“Pressure is all self inflicted, but she’s handled herself so well and that’s what’s so incredibly exciting for her moving forward, but also very exciting for us because we can follow that journey.
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