MIKE DICKSON: Serena and Venus are almost done, Naomi Osaka struggles with her problems, others get confused under pressure… as long as Emma Raducanu keeps smiling through the tsunami of fame, she could be the next big star of tennis
A stunning win at the US Open will be a moment in time for Emma Raducanu – there’s more, much more to come.
What we quickly learned about her over these two weeks is that there are no attackable weaknesses in her game, which is bad news for the competition.
Raducanu has reached the top of the women’s game at an opportune moment.
There’s a lot more to come for Emma Raducanu after her stunning US Open win
There are no attackable weaknesses in her game and that’s bad news for the competition
The British 18-year-old has reached the pinnacle of women’s tennis at an opportune moment
While it’s too early to call that she will be the number one in the world, it should be possible when you look at who else is out there.
The women’s game is in a historic state of flux at the top, with everyone in the top 50 capable of beating everyone else (except, it looked like this two weeks, Raducanu).
Serena and Venus Williams are almost done. Ash Barty got a lot from her through a marathon on the road. Simona Halep is suffering from an injury.
Serena Williams (left) and Venus Williams (right) are almost done after long careers
Naomi Osaka, the most talented of them all, has well-documented issues she tries to deal with
Naomi Osaka, the most talented of them all along with Barty, has well documented issues she tries to deal with. Elina Svitolina keeps tripping over the Grand Slams.
Both Karolina Pliskova and Aryna Sabalenka have tremendous power at their disposal and are the two best who have never won a Grand Slam.
Both are prone to getting jittery under pressure, and that’s one area where Raducanu seems to have an edge – her calm determination is somewhat reminiscent of a young Steffi Graf, except with a more willing smile.
In short, the galaxy in women’s tennis is crumbling and there are vacancies for a few players to step in. It could be that Raducanu and Fernandez are those two.
Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez (left) could fill the vacancies to become the next big stars of tennis
No player from any country will be affected by the tsunami of interest now headed her way, earned by her own brilliant efforts
The key will be how she handles the first setbacks when they arrive, as they certainly will. There will have to be the ability not to overexpose itself to commercial opportunities and to fend off the coming breach of anything she does.
No player from any country will be affected by the tsunami of interest now headed her way, earned by her own brilliant efforts.
Now she will plan her schedule ahead, and it should be relatively frugal. One aspect is certain: you are in no rush when you are eighteen.