Tim Henman: What Emma Raducanu did at US Open was unprecedented in our sport

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman absolutely enjoyed sitting courtside and watching Emma Raducanu’s matches at the US Open. 

Raducanu, 18, won a total of 10 matches — all in straight sets — to become the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam. 

“It was a privilege to be on the side of the court for all her main draw matches and just see the quality of her tennis at close quarters,” Henman said, per Tennishead. “The way she dealt with the step up in class of each match and took it in her stride, I thought her resilience mentally, her composure and the consistency was incredible.

“To win 20 straight sets to qualify and win a Grand Slam is unprecedented in our sport. It was a real pleasure to watch.”

Henman believes Raducanu has the potential for major things but it’s too early to speak for some things. 

“I think that’s probably getting a little ahead of ourselves,” Henman added when asked about the possibility of Raducanu winning more Major titles. “She has shown her enormous potential by what she did in New York, but she is still so young and so inexperienced. She has played so few events on the tour, let alone at Grand Slam level. I think it’s very easy to get ahead of ourselves.”

Dan Evans defended Raducanu 

In her first match since her US Open victory, Raducanu suffered a shock 6-2 6-4 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the Indian Wells Masters first round. 

“You know, I watched a bit. I think, obviously not to speak indiscriminately, that I don’t know what she’s going through, and that there are so many other things that she probably had to do after the US Open. Tennis was probably not her priority, it’s not her fault, it wasn’t the only thing she had to do, so it was difficult. Like she said, it was kind of a good feeling to get rid of this match, and it’s probably true, isn’t it, now she’s going to be able to come back to the normal world and prepare for the next tournament,” Evans said of Raducanu.

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