Maria Sharapova: "Emma Raducanu is an incredible athlete"



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Maria Sharapova: "Emma Raducanu is an incredible athlete"

Winning a Grand Slam title is in itself an extraordinary goal to be achieved, and if it is conquered as a teenager it takes on the traits of an epochal undertaking. There are many players who have climbed and climb the world rankings to the sound of Majors and this year Emma Raducanu, queen of the US Open has been added to this list.

The young British star managed to climb the top step of the podium at Flushing Meadows starting from qualifiers, an event that has never happened in tennis history, and more without losing a single set. All at the age of 18 year-old and ten months and with a WTA ranking of number 150.

What Raducanu has done has been defined as very rare by those who understand Slam victories as the former world number 1 Maria Sharapova. It was July 6, 2004 when a very young Maria Sharapova, just 17 year-old, won her first Grand Slam triumphing on the grass court of Wimbledon, starting a brilliant career.

If Emma Raducanu will succeed in this intent after the US Open, no one can know for sure, in the meantime, however, she has received the appreciation of the former Russian player: "You learn through this," Sharapova told the Telegraph talking about her experiences on and off the tennis court.

Sharapova said: "When you are young and you are successful and you become a champion, there will certainly be opportunities off the pitch that will be offered to you. Emma Raducanu is an incredible athlete, what she achieved at such a young age is very rare in the world of sport and she must enjoy every moment.

From my personal experience at a young age, winning Wimbledon was so unexpected that I never thought I was physically ready to win seven games in a 14-day period," continued Maria Sharapova, who reached the top of the WTA rankings at 18 year-old.

"When that happens, she's incredibly overwhelming, you still can't believe it. Emma and her family will keep this good feeling forever, because it's all so exciting. You're thinking: 'Did it really happen?"

Clarey: "Roger Federer could give up very soon"

Roger Federer's 2021 raised more questions than answers.

The former world number 1 was unable to repeat the miracle of 2017, on the contrary, he gave the feeling of being on the avenue of sunset. The Swiss star has played just 13 official matches this year, racking up nine wins and four defeats.

The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, certainly not an exhilarating tally for a legend of his caliber. In addition to hailing the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, the 40-year-old from Basel had to have his knee operated on for the third time in the last 18 months.

The King will start racing again at the beginning of the new year, while to see him again on the tour we will have to wait until at least the summer of 2022. His presence at Wimbledon is at great risk, as admitted by Federer himself in a recent interview.

To the microphones of the moneycontrol.com portal, Christopher Clarey, a well-known correspondent for the New York Times, did not express great optimism regarding the chances of the Swiss player to return to competition.

He said: "Roger Federer is doing everything possible to return to the field and give himself a decent finish, there is no doubt about it. At the same time, I want to be brutally honest. I don't think he will get the success he is looking for and I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to give up very soon.

His last game ended with a bagel at Wimbledon, certainly not the epilogue that Roger wants to leave in the minds of his fans. The chances of seeing it again at the highest levels are low, it is useless to go around it. The opponents are more numerous and stronger than in his last full season Federer's love of tennis has remained intact, which is why he wants to return. Furthermore, the Swiss has laid the foundations for what his life will be like after tennis."