Emma Raducanu Can Have Similar Impact Like Venus and Serena Williams, Believes ITF President

Published 11/02/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates 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


Emma Raducanu broke into the headlines after her US Open 2021 win. The 18-year-old stunned everyone after she became the first tennis player to ever win a Grand Slam title as a qualifier. Interestingly, she defeated another rising star, Leylah Fernandez, in the finals in New York.

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Even though Emma Raducanu has not performed really well after the US Open 2021, fans still have high expectations from her. Undoubtedly, she has managed to bring a sort of revolution into her nation after her US Open victory.

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Serena Williams is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams following their ladies singles third round match. Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In an interview with The Telegraph, ITF President David Haggerty recalled how Venus and Serena’s triumph at the US Open had a tremendous impact on American tennis. Similarly, he stated that if Raducanu succeeds at the Wimbledon Championships in the future, her victory can have the same effect on Great Britain’s tennis as well.

He said, “As a proud American, I saw first-hand what Serena and Venus Williams’ successes at the US Open had on tennis in the States. They were game-changing for the sport. If Raducanu can build on the fantastic start to her tennis journey, why can’t her impact at Wimbledon and for Great Britain be similar?”

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David Haggerty believes the victory of Emma Raducanu will inspire players all around the world

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In a recent interview with cityam.com, Haggerty highlighted the emergence of new talented players like Raducanu and Fernandez.

He said, “I think we saw a breakthrough of new players on the women’s side that will inspire not just England and Canada but players all around the world.”

Emma Raducanu celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez in the women’s singles final. 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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

In her last outing, Emma Raducanu lost to Marta Kostyuk in the quarters of the Transylvania Open 2021. Her return date on the court is uncertain as of now, but fans will hope that she makes an incredible comeback soon. Will she be able to end her 2021 tennis season on a high?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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