Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem said that he believes that the surprise crowning of British Emma Raducano with the title of the US Open title “Flushing Meadows”, may be “the most wonderful start ever”.
Radocano, 18, beat Canadian young Laila Fernandez 6-4, 6-3, last Saturday, in the final of the tournament, to write her name in gold letters early in her career.
Radocano became the first woman to compete in the qualifiers in the history of the four Grand Slam tournaments and win the title. Radocano has not dropped a set during her 10 qualifying matches and the main rounds of the tournament, and she became the first player to win the US Open without losing a set, since Serena Williams achieved the feat in 2014.
Raducano made her first Grand Slam debut by competing in Wimbledon last June. Radocano jumped from 150 to 23 in the WTA rankings, after winning the title, her first at the WTA level.
Thiem, who was unable to defend the men’s singles title as he missed the tournament due to a wrist injury, praised Radocano’s stunning run at Flushing Meadows, saying he could hardly remember a more exciting feat in tennis history.
“There have been other great achievements in the past, but having Emma Raducano starting in the qualifiers and then putting in such great performances and making such an amazing start, it could be the most remarkable start of all time,” Thiem told Stats Perform.
“It’s an unbelievable journey, looking at the stats, you haven’t lost a set throughout the tournament, you’ve qualified from the playoffs and you haven’t even played a single playoff set, which is amazing and probably never happened before.”