Tim Henman ‘so impressed’ at how Emma Raducanu ‘kept her composure’ after the teenage Briton battled back from losing opening two games to thrash home favourite Shelby Rogers and reach the US Open quarter-finals
- Raducanu started nervously and was immediately broken by American Rogers
- But the 18-year-old steamrollered her opponent, winning 6-2, 6-1 in straight sets
- Raducanu has not dropped a set in the tournament so far at Flushing Meadows
Tim Henman has hailed teenage star Emma Raducanu after the Briton saw off Shelby Rogers with ease on Sunday to reach the US Open quarter-finals.
Raducanu started nervously and was broken immediately, losing the first two games, but bounced back superbly to win 6-2, 6-1.
The 18-year-old has reached the last eight at Flushing Meadows without dropping a single set so far, and former British No 1 Henman, on courtside quotes on Amazon, praised her ‘incredible’ performance.
Tim Henman hailed Emma Raducanu (above) after she sailed into the US Open quarter-finals
The 18-year-old beat home favourite Shelby Rogers (right) in straight sets at Flushing Meadows
He said: ‘It was so special, to see Emma Raducanu get off to that nervous start, you felt for her, but she showed courage to dig her heels in and fight her way out of that. I did not expect her to react like that, it was incredible.
‘Even up 6-2, 5-1 it is not easy to finish it off. I was so impressed how she kept her composure and finished it off. She had very good support even playing an American, it will be interesting in the next match to see whether she has a majority of support.
‘I was pretty nervous for her (at 2-0 down), you hope she can stay in the moment. When you are young it’s very easy to get ahead of yourself, but she handled herself so well. She also spoke so well afterwards, let us enjoy her journey.
And ex-British No 1 Henman hailed the 18-year-old Briton’s ‘incredible’ performance on court
‘We have to go one at a time, she is inexperienced, it’s no good thinking about the semis and final, she plays the Olympic champion now. Rogers did not pose threats, but (quarter-final opponent Belinda) Bencic is different class and the clear favourite.’
Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong added: ‘Incredible, when she dropped the first couple of games, I was genuinely worried, but the way she turned it around and think clearly was so impressive.
‘In the end it was a one-sided match, I felt sorry for Shelby after first set but take nothing away from Emma.’