Greg Rusedski says Emma Raducanu ‘has potential to be world No 1’ as he predicts ‘exceptional future’ for US Open champion
Emma Raducanu has already joined an elite list of superstars with her success at the US Open and Greg Rusedski believes bigger and better things are still to come for the teenager.
The 18-year-old Raducanu stunned the sporting world when she became the first qualifier – man or woman – to win a Grand Slam after notching up 10 consecutive wins at Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu was playing in only her second major tournament after she reached the fourth round at her Wimbledon main draw debut earlier in the year and former British No 1 Rusedski believes her US Open trophy is likely to be the first of “multiple” majors.
“I think she’s going to be a multiple Grand Slam champion. I think she has the potential to be a world No 1,” he told Sky Sports.
“What she has done in her first two majors, there’s very few that have done. She got to the fourth round of Wimbledon in her first major and then she’s gone on to win the US Open.
“There’s only three other female players that have got to the fourth round or better in both events in their first two majors.
“Chris Evert, who was world No 1 and multiple Slam winner, Jennifer Capriati, world No 1 and multiple Slam winner, and Monica Seles, so she joins that category of elite superstars.
“We’ve never seen this in the game before, for someone to come through qualifying and go on to win a major, so her future is going to be exceptional so long as she can stay healthy, put the right team around her. I think her future is going to be incredible.”
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