‘Phenomenal’ Emma Raducanu’s mental strength and aggression could win US Open, emphasizes Tim Henman
Former UK No. 1 Tim Henman believes Emma Raducanu has the weapons to win the US Open title tonight and make even more history.
Raducanu, 18, is the first British woman to reach a major singles final in 44 years, facing Canadian teen and world No. 73, Leylah Fernandez, 19.
The Kent youngster is in his first ever Grand Slam final qualifier after beating 17th seed Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4 in the semi-final in just 84 minutes in another extraordinary performance.
“It’s phenomenal how she has done it with such limited experience and at such a high level,” said Henman, who reached the 2004 US Open semifinals. Sports post.
Emma Raducanu has improved with each round and has yet to drop a set in this tournament as her magical run reaches the finals
“She’s been excellent. The important thing is to just focus on her game plan. She has played on [this court] a few times so she knows the area.
“It’s hard at any age to shut out all the noise around her, whether it’s the media or friends interacting. She needs to focus on what she’s doing.’
Henman will be reporting to the court for Amazon Prime when the game kicks off at 9 p.m.
The rights holder will be showing the game live, but in a last minute deal, he agreed to share the broadcast with Channel 4 so UK viewers can also watch the game on free-to-air TV.
Tim Henman believes Emma Raducanu’s strength and aggression could win the US Open
Raducanu goes for an unthinkable triumph against Canadian Leylah Fernandez, 19
Amazon has said it will reinvest all fees from the deal in UK women’s tennis to support the next generation of female talent.
The broadcaster has declined to comment on the amount Channel 4 pays for the license to show the match, but Sports post understands it is over £1 million.
Henman, who has won 11 titles in his career but never quite managed to achieve a grand slam, is delighted with Raducanu’s progress.
His front row position throughout the tournament has allowed him to see Raducnu’s strength and nerves of steel up close.
The 18-year-old smiled at the end with a big smile as she now turns her attention to Saturday’s final against Leylah Fernandez
Her main strengths are her mental strength, her focus, her concentration, her confidence. The way she can concentrate,’ he said.
EMMA RADUCANU’S RUN TO US OPEN FINAL
Q1: 6-1, 6-2 – beats Bibiane Schoofs – QUALIFICATION
Q2: 6-3, 7-5 – beats Mariam Bolkvadze – QUALIFICATION
Q3: 6-1, 6-4 – beats Mayar Sherif – QUALIFICATION
R1: 6-2, 6-3 – beats Stefanie Vogele
R2: 6-2, 6-4 – beats Zhang Shuai
R3: 6-0, 6-1 – beats Sara Sorribes Tormo
R4: 6-2, 6-1 – beats Shelby Rogers
QF: 6-3, 6-4 – beats Belinda Bencic
SF: 6-1, 6-4 – beats Maria Sakkari
“But you need a game to compete and her tennis itself was excellent. She hit the serve well and got a chance to dictate from the back of the field. Its foundations are so aggressive.
“She is aggressively strong and a great athlete. Nothing has to change. Hopefully she can get another win. It is astonishing. We are extremely excited.’
Raducanu has had an unforgettable journey to the final and has even been labeled the favorite for her meeting with Fernandez – but the Briton insists she has no pressure on her shoulders as she started the tournament as a qualifier.
“Is there any expectation?” asked Raducanu jokingly. ‘I’m a qualifier, so there’s no pressure on me!’
She added: “Honestly, time has gone by so fast here in New York, I’ve been taking care of me every day and before you know it three weeks later, I’m in the finals, I can’t believe it.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve had a lot of support. Playing under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium is one of the most iconic things in tennis. I was so excited.’
Amazon’s broadcast team has invested heavily in Raducanu’s bid to win the tournament.
The broadcaster has already funded Raducanu’s amazing journey, contributing £60,000 to her development through the Prime Video Future Talent Award in 2019.
One of the judges in the competition was Henman and the mentor for the plan was Briton Andy Murray.
Defensively, Raducanu was breathtaking, neutralized and countered with a punch
“Emma’s journey from qualifying to the US Open final at age 18 is a truly magical story for British sport and we believe it is important that we extend our coverage to as many people as possible to support her in this historic moment for women’s tennis . said Alex Green, MD Prime Video Sport Europe.
Green has overseen a major commitment to women’s tennis by the broadcaster. Amazon Prime secured the rights to the US Open for five years starting in 2018 and added exclusive coverage of 37 ATP Tour events the following year in a new five-year deal.
“Young tennis talent like Emma needs the right support to become the stars we see today and we are delighted to be able to invest even more in the next generation of women’s tennis in the UK,” added Green.
Amazon has also struck a deal with BBC Sport for a program to be broadcast on Sunday afternoons and has invaded Channel 4 to secure the live rights, which is a major boost for tennis fans in the UK.
Raducanu alongside Murray and Jack Draper at the National Tennis Center two years ago