The 18-year-old tennis prodigy has shocked the world with her incredible performances at Flushing Meadows over the past two weeks
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp congratulated the newly crowned US Open winner Emma Raducanu and said that the prodigy of teenagers is the ‘talent of the century’.
Raducanu, 18, stunned the world as she advanced through Saturday to win the tennis tournament without dropping a single set.
And while the Reds are preparing for an important Champions League Test this week, Klopp has taken the time to acknowledge an incredible performance from Britain’s latest sports star.
What was said?
“I watched the final, and it was absolutely impressive. It’s been a long time since I watched a full women’s tennis match, and I was really impressed by the power, speed and the whole match. Women’s tennis is on, of course. ‘ a brilliant moment, ‘Klopp told reporters of Raducanu’s recent victory over Canada’s Leyla Fernandez.
“These two girls were 18 and 19 years old, and what they showed was impressive. Both during the match itself, and then during the trophy ceremony. Both girls, how they talked, at 18 or 19, were inspiring to to be honest, even more so than the tennis! I was absolutely overwhelmed by the way the two girls introduced themselves.
“Fernandez was clearly disappointed, rightly so, after losing the match, but Emma showed great respect for her. They know and hope that they will face each other many more times in the future. Just an excellent sportsmanship, elite sports, how you can be humble when you are so young and already on top of the world.It was really nice.
“This is what you can take from it. If you are 18 years old and win the US Open, there is clearly something that has happened in the last 10-15 years; hard work. She is definitely the talent of the century, but without hard work it is not possible to be there.
“Seeing her smile there during the match, it was really the nicest thing I could imagine. I will definitely be looking at women’s tennis a lot more now than in the last few years.”
What has Raducanu achieved?
Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament when he beat fellow teenager Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the final in New York.
She was also the first British woman to win a Grand Slam final since Virginia Wade won the Wimbledon title in 1977, having previously won the 1968 US Open.
Raducanu went through qualifying and the tournament itself without dropping a set in what was just her second Grand Slam appearance.