Former British number one and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has praised Emma Raducanu’s maiden Grand Slam victory at the US Open as “incredible”.
Raducanu defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 on Saturday to secure the US Open title at the age of just 18, in what was the first all-teenage women’s singles final since 1999.
In the process, she became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles tournament since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Raducanu also became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam singles title, having come through a gruelling 10 matches. She did so without dropping a single set.
Murray on Raducanu triumph
When asked about the success during a press conference after a first round victory at the Rennes Open, Murray – previously the last Brit to win the US Open in 2012 – praised his compatriot and called her victory “incredible”.
He said (via Tennis365): “It was incredible what she did there.
“I think for a lot of the people involved in British tennis, we knew she was extremely good.
“She hadn’t competed much for the last sort of 18 months or so with school and coronavirus and those sorts of things, but I think at Wimbledon (where Raducanu reached the fourth round) everyone sort of got a bit of a glimpse of how good she could be.
“I’ve spent a little bit of time around her on the practice court, but more so in the same building, training close to each other and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously really, really good.
“But what she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives hopefully the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalise on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport.
“It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now.”
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