Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski was impressed with the way rising British star Emma Raducanu performed against world No. 18 Maria Sakkari in the US Open semifinal.
Raducanu, ranked at No. 150 in the world, saw off Sakkari 6-1 6-4 to become the first player ever to reach a Grand Slam final as a qualifier.
Raducanu absolutely dominated Sakkari and the fact that she had never played in a Grand Slam semifinal was absolutely a non-factor.
“Didn’t see this coming with @EmmaRaducanu,” Rusedski tweeted. “Thought this was going to be a tight and tough match. At the moment very onesided. This looks like the performance of someone who is going to be a world number 1 and multiple grand slam champion. Wow!”
Raducanu surprised even herself with her level
Raducanu has won a total of nine matches so far at the US Open and she has yet to drop a set.
“Yeah, I think leading up to the US Open I had a lot of matches coming in. I played a 125 in Chicago, a 100K the week before. I think I was building with each match,” Raducanu noted.
“Here in the US Open I wasn’t really sure how my level was going to be. In a way my tennis level has surprised me in the way that I’ve managed step up against some of the best players in the world.
“I personally think inside I knew I had some sort of level inside of me that was similar to these girls, but I didn’t know if I was able to maintain it over a set or over two sets. To be able to do it and play the best players in the world and beat them, I honestly can’t believe it.
“It’s been extremely difficult because they always fight, they have so much experience which they use. Yeah, I’m just so, so proud to have come through very tough moments in all of my matches.”