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1Emma Raducanu Empty Emma Raducanu Mon Sep 06 2021, 22:29

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Can't say that I'm a big fan of tennis but a big shout out to 18 year old Emma who has just reached the last 8 at the US Open after playing so well at Wimbledon this year until the expectations got a bit too much for her.

Hope she continues to do well.


US Open 2021: Emma Raducanu into quarter-finals after beating Shelby Rogers


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/58469496

2Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Wed Sep 08 2021, 17:37

wanderlust

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Watching her game now.  3 all - a break each way. Hope she doesn't go woozy like she did at Wimbledon when she was losing.

3Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Wed Sep 08 2021, 18:39

wanderlust

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Bencic was off the pace but Emma did really well to take advantage and go through.

Bit of a darling of the American media by the sound of it.

4Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Wed Sep 08 2021, 18:39

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She's won! Whoever is working on the mental side of her game is doing a great job.....

5Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Wed Sep 08 2021, 19:06

okocha

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What she referred to after the match can only strengthen her belief that she can rally from losing positions. Great mind-set:-

 "It was 0-30 in my last couple of service games so to hold was pretty big, it was one point at a time and trying to focus on what I can control...."

6Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Thu Sep 09 2021, 01:20

Hip Priest

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Only seen bits of her adventure so far and I'm not a big women's tennis fan but from what I've seen she seems to be a real natural breath of fresh air. When's her semi and where can I watch it.

7Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Thu Sep 09 2021, 10:27

okocha

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@Hip Priest wrote:Only seen bits of her adventure so far and I'm not a big women's tennis fan but from what I've seen she seems to be a real natural breath of fresh air. When's her semi and where can I watch it.
Her semi is tonight around midnight, HP, but I'm not sure if it's possible to watch it live in this country.
I expect our all-knowing mods will have the answer.....

This doesn't appear to be a false dawn for GB women's tennis. Even if she doesn't get to the final against her big-serving opponent tonight, all the signs are that she doesn't have any obvious weaknesses and is on course for glory one day as she develops.

8Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Thu Sep 09 2021, 12:01

wanderlust

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@okocha wrote:
Her semi is tonight around midnight, HP, but I'm not sure if it's possible to watch it live in this country.
I expect our all-knowing mods will have the answer.....

This doesn't appear to be a false dawn for GB women's tennis. Even if she doesn't get to the final against her big-serving opponent tonight, all the signs are that she doesn't have any obvious weaknesses and is on course for glory one day as she develops.
Probably on Amazon Prime

It will be good if she has a successful career but right now she's just one of a long line of young British hopefuls over the years.

9Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Thu Sep 09 2021, 13:08

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Wendy's a big tennis fan and says Radecanu is THE best British woman she's seen since Virginia Wade already and that the young woman will almost certainly win at least one major before she's 20. I can't claim to know much about tennis full stop so I will certainly defer to Wendy's judgement on this.

10Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Thu Sep 09 2021, 13:30

okocha

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Perhaps this is the time to brag and say that I made it to the finals of both Junior Singles and Doubles in the Bolton Lawn Tennis Championships back in 1966 and 1967. (Missed the World Cup Final to play the first Singles final in drizzle. Not many spectators that day!) Switched to playing cricket when I went to Uni and only played tennis for fun with friends.

The point of this is just to say that Raducanu at 18 years of age looks very special to my eye and only future injury problems or some calamitous loss of confidence seem likely to prevent her winning tournaments. She appears to have risen above the latter already.

11Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Fri Sep 10 2021, 04:55

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Wow she's done it - she's in the final!

Go and win it now Emma!

12Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Fri Sep 10 2021, 11:28

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Some records tumbled last night....

First qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final, first Brit female in a major final for 44 years and the youngest to reach a GS final since 1959.

Having played 3 qualifying rounds to get to the main draw she has now played 9 matches and hasn't dropped a set.

She's in with a decent chance of winning it now - against the 19 year old Canadian Fernandez ranked 73 in the world.

Hope she does it.

13Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Fri Sep 10 2021, 11:34

boltonbonce

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Remarkable for both girls. And when was the last time two Canadian born women appeared in a grand slam final?

14Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Fri Sep 10 2021, 11:44

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Just keep her away from the gutter press and the ghastly Piers Morgan. 

Let her be herself with the trainers and coaches she trusts.

The superbly articulate and fluent Annabel Croft struck exactly the right note on BBC Breakfast today.

15Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Fri Sep 10 2021, 11:51

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@okocha wrote:Just keep her away from the gutter press and the ghastly Piers Morgan. 

Let her be herself with the trainers and coaches she trusts.

The superbly articulate and fluent Annabel Croft struck exactly the right note on BBC Breakfast today.
Very true. They'll be hiding in bushes looking for who she might be dating, her twitter feed for anything iffy, and how they might be able to bring her down.
She seems a delightful, happy girl, revelling in a sport she loves. I hope she's tough enough for what might be coming.

16Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Fri Sep 10 2021, 12:20

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Great, I watched a little bit of the QF and she did well.  Don’t think she’s lost a single set yet either.

17Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Fri Sep 10 2021, 16:34

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@okocha wrote:Just keep her away from the gutter press and the ghastly Piers Morgan. 

Let her be herself with the trainers and coaches she trusts.

The superbly articulate and fluent Annabel Croft struck exactly the right note on BBC Breakfast today.
I totally agree, Morgan's insensitive comments about her made my blood boil.

She is an absolute delight, long may she hang on to her lovely happy personality.

Win or lose the final she has brought a lot of  sunshine into our lives.

She will be a real Champion in the future and a great role model.

18Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Sat Sep 11 2021, 01:25

wanderlust

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Watched the semi final on Prime and the one characteristic that shone through is that she's unfazed by anything thrown at her - absolute poker faced assassin.
The final will be tough as Fernandez is a skilful leftie who will move her about the court a lot more than previous opponents and go for the angles more so it'll be interesting to see how Emma handles this different challenge as I haven't seen her play anything other than baseline stuff - but she moves well and may be up for it.

19Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Sat Sep 11 2021, 01:40

Hip Priest

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Nothing Morgan says surprises me, could someone enlighten me please as to what he's had to say about Emma.

20Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Sat Sep 11 2021, 02:01

wanderlust

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@Hip Priest wrote:Nothing Morgan says surprises me, could someone enlighten me please as to what he's had to say about Emma.
This mate.

21Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Sat Sep 11 2021, 13:25

okocha

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Final now to be shown live on Channel 4 at 9pm this evening

22Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Sat Sep 11 2021, 23:38

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She's done it!!!

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23Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Sat Sep 11 2021, 23:55

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Sensational! The level of play from both girls was very special. Hope more people are inspired to take up the sport or at least follow it on TV and in person. The consistency of power and accuracy was exceptional. Look back at old videos of women's tennis and witness how much the quality has improved. These two will almost certainly contest the final stages of more grand slams in the future.

24Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Sun Sep 12 2021, 09:24

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El Hadji Diouf
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Well done Emma. Brilliant performance in every way.

The other young lady? She can play tennis alright but what a little madam. Her and her 'team' had faces that could turn milk sour.

25Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Mon Sep 13 2021, 00:11

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Wow! She was sensational. 18 years old and played like a seasoned veteran to win the U.S. Open as a qualifier without dropping a set in the whole tournament. Nothing seems to phase her in the slightest. 
I'm not a betting man but give me any sort of decent odds for her winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year and I'll be in there. Who the hell could possibly compete with Emma's achievement.

26Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Mon Sep 13 2021, 01:03

wanderlust

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Fernandez is a great player and as the non qualifier possibly expected to win having beaten some great players en route. She obviously wasn't happy the way it went as for both players it was possibly their only chance to win a major. But in the scheme of things in women's tennis we ended up with two players who weren't given a chance and I'm sure the ranking players who weren't injured or had a stinker will be having a say in things going forward.
But to see Radacanu - ranked 338 in July - to get to the last 16 of Wimbledon and then do this (which will put her into the top 30) - was unique and probably the fastest rise in tennis history, even though it was years in the making.
The match was excellent in terms of contrasting styles and abilities so I hope to see a rerun some day - but I'm not betting on it.
A truly extraordinary event a la Leicester winning the Prem.

27Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Mon Sep 13 2021, 08:59

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I didn't see much of a difference in their "styles and abilities", Lusty. Pretty sure that they will both go on to win (more) majors. Their rivals, even Barty, are very inconsistent or past it, and these girls have everything they need to achieve more success.

 I thought the crowd were pretty polite and appreciative of both ladies, whereas the crowd for the men's final were an utter disgrace, actually booing, whistling and shouting out when the Russian, Medvedev, was trying to serve out for the match. He did very well to ignore the appalling abuse and close out the final few games to win in straight sets against Djokovic. 

I fear similar loutish behaviour from a partisan American crowd in the forthcoming Ryder Cup.....a bit like our yobs at football matches!

28Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Mon Sep 13 2021, 22:40

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El Hadji Diouf
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I didn't see a lot of difference in styles either but there was one nagging difference.
Why could I not help thinking of Tonya Harding v. Nancy Kerrigan and Bad Santa?

29Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Tue Sep 14 2021, 11:26

wanderlust

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@okocha wrote:I didn't see much of a difference in their "styles and abilities", Lusty. Pretty sure that they will both go on to win (more) majors. Their rivals, even Barty, are very inconsistent or past it, and these girls have everything they need to achieve more success.
I was thinking that Fernandez was marginally more powerful, was more inclined to go for the angles when the opportunity arose and is of course a leftie. In her earlier games, she swung the ball and used the angles more - but of course she could only play what Radacanu gave her to play and she was given very few opportunities being pushed back to the baseline so often.
If Radacanu can keep opponents at the back of the court all the time she'll do really well - but she has yet to go up against the big guns and I'd be surprised if she wins anything else for the next few years. Maybe later depending on who else is coming through.

30Emma Raducanu Empty Re: Emma Raducanu Tue Sep 14 2021, 17:09

okocha

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Who are these "big guns", Lusty? 

Was Olympic champion, Belinda Bencic, not a big enough scalp for Emma's talent to be proved in straight sets.....Fernandez too? 
Barty may have something to say in the near future but she looked brittle in this tournament.

Enjoy this prodigious rarity....

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