“Greatest Achievement”: Dominic Thiem Lauds Emma Raducanu’s Qualifier to Winner Journey at US Open 2021

Published 09/17/2021, 3:39 PM EDT
Britain’s Emma Raducanu poses with the U.S. Open tennis championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the women’s singles final the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, U.S., September 11, 2021. Picture taken September 11, 2021. Michael Frey/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.


Emma Raducanu astonished everyone with her run at the US Open. The 18-year-old British sensation did the unimaginable as she cruised to her maiden Grand Slam all the way from qualifying. Dominic Thiem, the former US Open Champion is the latest addition to the long list of admirers of Emma’s talents.

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Thiem called Raducanu’s accomplishment at the US Open “one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport,”. The former US Open champion also praised the Brit for taking her game to “another level” in the final.

She became the first player to win a major title after coming through the qualifying rounds. She became the eighth-youngest woman to win a major in the process.

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Emma Raducanu reached the zenith

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Raducanu also became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977. Raducanu won 10 matches in a row to win the US Open, including three in qualifying and seven in the main event.

“For me this is one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport. It was an unbelievable journey, you just have to look at the numbers,” Dominic Thiem said during an interview. “She didn’t lose one set the whole tournament. She came from qualifying and she didn’t even play one tiebreak. We have probably never seen anything like this before.”

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An astonishing run by the 18-year-old

On her journey to the throne, Raducanu showed utter resilience and won all of her matches in straight sets. The Brit started the competition at a world ranking of 150. After claiming the title at Flushing Meadows, her rank jumped to world number 23.

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Dominic Thiem was impressed by Raducanu’s technique and on-court moves. He believes this to be one of the greatest breakthroughs of all time. The Austrian himself was the defending champion in the men’s singles but couldn’t participate due to a wrist injury.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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