Tennis News: Emma Raducanu must “keep on growing and evolving” in the coming years, according to 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis; the Cypriot feels she has the talent and mentality to ensure her meteoric rise is more than a blip on the radar.
When former Grand Slam finalist Marcos Baghdatis first saw British youngster Emma Raducanu playing at Wimbledon, he knew a star had been created.
Raducanu has made US Open history by being the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final, male or female.
The 18-year-old from Orpington, Kent, hasn’t dropped a set in the main draw on route to Saturday’s final, and the fast-rising star will be crowned British No 1 next week, leapfrogging into the world’s top 32.
Raducanu is the first British woman to reach a major final since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977, shattering previous records.
She’s one match away from being the first British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Wade in 1968 when she plays fellow youngster Leylah Fernandez.
Baghdatis, a former tennis player who will see Raducanu’s world-class abilities in the Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in November, has praised her progress, telling Sky Sports: “I had heard of her, but it was as if a star had been born when I saw her play at Wimbledon.
“It’s a great storey, and there’s nothing more to say about it. She’s doing everything extremely well, and at her age, she still has a lot of room to improve her game, but the most remarkable thing about her was her demeanour, her grin, and the way she was enjoying herself during the tournament.
“Watching her was a source of inspiration for me.” It’s wonderful to see someone who enjoys the sport, smiles, and participates. On the court, be yourself.
“We haven’t seen a player like him on the court in a long time.”
Raducanu, who has previously demonstrated she has what it takes, will play against Greg Rusedski, Radek Stepanek, Xavier Malisse, Thomas Enqvist, and Baghdatis himself.
When asked what advice he would give Raducanu about dealing with the media and public perception, the former world No. 8 said: “She excels at everything she does, but she is constantly eager to learn more. We all put in long hours, yet sometimes we forget to learn something new every day. I guess that’s what I’d tell her: “Be better than you were yesterday.”
“Never stop experimenting with new techniques to improve, and I believe that if you have that approach, you will always be better and better.”
He went on to say: “The most crucial year will be next year or the year after since most players will begin to notice how she plays and she may become emotionally exhausted.
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