Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick said it was “unbeliavable” what Emma Raducanu did at the US Open but he acknowledged that she is now facing a different kind of pressure.
Raducanu, who turned 19 this month, made tennis history at the US Open as she became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam as qualifier.
Raducanu won 10 matches — all in straight sets — over three weeks at the US Open.
Some suggested that playing without any type of pressure or expectation played a major role in Raducanu’s US Open victory.
“The hardest thing in sports in my opinion is expectation. What she did at the US Open was unbeliavable but it was largely without expectaions of ‘Hey, if you don’t win this final it’s bad for you.’ Like it was all gravy from the third round on for Emma Raducanu. Take nothing away from her but it is different type of pressure set now,” Roddick said on Tennis Channel.
Raducanu surprised a British tennis legend
Former world No. 5 Jo Durie said she knew Raducanu was talented but she absolutely didn’t expect her to win the US Open.
“What I saw in Emma in recent years is someone who I knew was going to be very good, but to win a Grand Slam like that, no I didn’t see that happening,” Durie said.
“This was someone who didn’t play much at the start of this year, had not even played a match on the WTA Tour and then she played in the manner she did at Wimbledon before we all saw what happened at the US Open.
“That was not on anyone’s radar, but we can all see the talent there. She works hard, is eager to learn, has a great temperament, so let’s celebrate her success. It’s fantastic for Emma and everyone involved in British tennis.”