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How Tim Henman inspired Emma Raducanu in US Open triumph as she credits him in victory speech


Once upon a time, Henmania swept Britain in tennis and now it’s Emma Raducanu’s turn to shine.

Sir Andy Murray has followed in Tim Henman’s footsteps, and Raducanu is now poised to become a star following his stunning US Open final victory over Leylah Fernandez.

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Raducanu is the winner of the US Open 2021

The qualifying match was ten matches and did not lose a single set in an astonishing race that will go down in history as one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time.

Along the way, even at the age of 18, she was helped by the great and the good of tennis.

Previously she was coached by Murray’s stepfather Nigel Sears, while she is now coached by Andrew Richardson.

And with her parents unable to make it to the US Open to be in the stands to support her, Raducanu praised Henman’s influence over the past fifteen weeks.

How Tim Henman inspired Emma Raducanu in US Open triumph as she credits him in victory speech

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Henman has been a source of tremendous support for Raducanu

The former Britain number one never reached a Grand Slam final but had to face tremendous pressure with a nation’s hopes constantly on his shoulder, especially when Wimbledon rolled around.

He worked with Amazon Prime in New York and often saw him talking to Raducanu and helping him with a lot of encouragement in the rare difficult times she faced.

And before the match point in her semi-final victory over Maria Sakkari, she even asked for Henman’s support.

After defeating her Greek opponent, she said: “Honestly, Tim is such a great inspiration. He helped me deal with it one point at a time.

“You can’t get ahead of yourself and stay present. Today, I thought of no one but myself.

How Tim Henman inspired Emma Raducanu in US Open triumph as she credits him in victory speech

Henman’s help on the sidelines did not go unnoticed

How Tim Henman inspired Emma Raducanu in US Open triumph as she credits him in victory speech

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Raducanu thanked Henman after his exceptional victory

Helping during matches and then conducting interviews with Raducanu contributed to his glorious run.

And after her victory, she again recognized her importance, as well as that of the last British woman to win the US Open – in 1968 – Virginia Wade.

“It means so much to have Virginia here and also Tim (Henman),” Raducanu said before receiving the trophy from Billie Jean King.

“Just having such British legends and icons to follow in their footsteps really helps me and gave me the belief that I could actually do it.”

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