“Rough for Me to Watch”: Ukrainian Tennis Player’s Honest Admission Over Emma Raducanu’s US Open Triumph

Published 10/29/2021, 3:19 PM EDT
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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The possibility of a Simona Halep-Emma Raducnau semi-final matchup at the on-going WTA Transylvania Open was stopped by Ukrainian teenage tennis player, Marta Kostyuk as she stunned Raducanu in straight sets to reach the semis.

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Kostyuk, who defeated the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Daria Kasatkina earlier this year, was expected to have a strong run this year on the WTA tour. But, the Ukrainian might need some time to make her way deep into the slams and other important events.

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Marta Kostyuk shares honest reaction after seeing Emma Raducanu lift US Open title

However, Kostyuk will have a chance to defeat another top player in Simona Halep on Saturday in-front of latter’s home-crowd. Post a dominating victory against Emma Raducanu, Kostyuk was asked about the Brit‘s US Open victory and her reaction was quite frank and honest.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Leylah Fernandez of Canada and Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrate with the finalist and championship trophy (respectively) after their match 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

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I have to be honest, it was a bit rough for me to watch, both of their runs. I’m trying to be the best I can be, so obviously I wanna be where they are & I’m sure it’s gonna happen soon but I didn’t feel very nice”, mentioned the teenage player.

Kostyuk didn’t mince words and said what she genuinely felt while watching two contemporaries play a grand slam final early on in their careers.

Raducanu tasted defeats on WTA tour at Indian Wells and Cluj-Napoca

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Since the US Open victory, Raducanu has found it hard to keep the winning momentum going as she lost in the first-round at Indian Wells and now at the Transylvania Open. Against Kostyuk today, Raducanu hit seven double faults and appeared shaky throughout the match.

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) hits a shot against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

In search of a coach, the British teenager had to deal with unmatchable expectations from fans as they anticipated her to have a historic run at a very early stage in her career. Even though the US Open run is historic, these losses are equally important for the Brit as they will help develop her game.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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