Emma Raducanu has been dubbed “better than Coco Gauff” and is expected to win the Grand Slam.
Former world number five Daniela Hantuchova believes Raducanu, 18, has a superior all-around game than American youngster Gauff and sees her as a future Grand Slam winner.
Tennis commentator Daniela Hantuchova has identified Emma Raducanu as a future Grand Slam champion. In the aftermath of her US Open first-round triumph over Stefanie Vogele, the former pro waxed poetic about the teenager who “had something special.”
Raducanu dropped only five games in her straight-sets victory over the seasoned Swiss, prevailing in 78 minutes on her US Open debut to set up a second-round match against world number 49 Shuai Zhang later today.
After the first round, the Briton is one of only four adolescents left in the women’s draw, with American 17-year-old Coco Gauff being one of them.
Raducanu, on the other hand, will be aiming to avoid the same fate as Gauff, who was knocked out in straight sets by compatriot Sloane Stephens in the second round.
Hantuchova, a former world number five, thinks Raducanu’s game is far more sophisticated than that of the American, and she predicts Raducanu will be in the top ten next year.
“Emma has it everything, whatever it takes to become not only a top-ten player, but I believe also a grand-slam champion,” she stated on Amazon Prime Video.
“I can’t think of a single aspect of her game where I’d say, ‘This has to improve.’ Unlike Coco Gauff, who I believe has a lot of room for improvement on a technical level. Emma is in the lead.
“Technically, there are no errors, but the mental toughness she displayed today is something extraordinary. Plus, she’s a joy to be around. She has a strong connection with the audience. She will be able to gain a great deal of energy from her followers all across the world.
“Everyone will be on her side as soon as she grins. We saw that today when she was playing on a large court for the first time in America, and everyone was eager to get a picture with her. I can’t even comprehend what she has in store for her future.”
Raducanu’s victory over Vogele was nearly faultless, as she instantly struck back twice after her serve was broken, ensuring she had complete control of the tie from start to finish.
The only stumbling block arose when it was time to wrap things up. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”