Konta praises "impressive" Raducanu

07 October 2021 21:34:51 GMTPlus11
Johanna Konta is full of praise

Former British number one Johanna Konta insists she was "watching in awe" as the "impressive" Emma Raducanu claimed Grand Slam glory at the US Open.

Raducanu became the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title in New York and is 1/1 to follow up with victory at Indian Wells this week.

Flushing Meadows glory

The 18-year-old sensation sprang an historic surprise in what was only her second start in a Major, defeating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in a high-class final.

The London teenager, who had also previously shown her promise as she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, won all ten of her assignments at Flushing Meadows in straight sets.

Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles event and as result rose from 150th to 22rd in the world rankings, replacing Konta as the British number one.

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She is currently ready to compete for more silverware at Indian Wells in California, where she is the 17th seed, and Konta sees no reason why her breakthrough success will be a flash in the pan.

The 30-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I was watching in awe. She really took it in her stride - I can imagine Emma taking everything in her stride."

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"Because it's never been done before, it's going to be one of those captivating moments in sporting history."

Konta added: "She seems like someone who is very poised and aware of why she is doing what she is doing. She is incredibly bright and I think she applies that to her tennis as well - she's an impressive young girl."

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