Katie Boulter lauded Emma Raducanu’s US Open victory following the 19-year-old’s first full season on the tennis tour.
Emma Raducanu has been credited with “changing everything” thanks to her historic US Open win, as fellow Brit Katie Boulter shared the impact of the 19-year-old’s win in Flushing Meadows. Raducanu became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam title when she lifted the trophy in New York 14 months ago, during what was just the fourth professional tournament of her career.
Emma Raducanu sent shockwaves through the sporting world last September when she stormed to the US Open title, winning ten matches in a row without dropping a set as she came through qualifying to be crowned a Grand Slam champion while just 18 years old. It saw her ranking skyrocket from world No 150 straight into the top 25 as she entered unchartered waters in her young career.
While it has been an up-and-down first full season on the pro tour for Raducanu in 2022, fellow Brit Boulter has lauded the impact of the teenager’s US Open win. “I think she’s changed everything,” the world No 130 said.
“I think she’s given everyone a little glimmer of what it takes and also what can happen. I think everyone in the building is humming a little bit off that buzz. It gives them that hope that it can be them.”
Boulter herself was able to enjoy some Grand Slam success on home soil this year as she beat former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova in the second round at Wimbledon on Centre Court, reaching the third round of a Major for the first time in her career. And the 26-year-old will be back playing in front of a home crowd next week at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
Glasgow will play host to the 12 nations looking to win the tournament seen as the World Cup of women’s tennis, with Boulter part of Great Britain’s five-woman squad. The British No 5 is a proven asset to the team, helping them achieve promotion in a tie against Kazakhstan in 2019 before the tournament was given a shake-up.
Emma Raducanu was forced to pull out of the tournament after failing to recover from a wrist injury in time, leaving Boulter to be joined by Heather Watson and Harriet Dart as well as Britain’s top-ranked women’s doubles pairing of Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls, who received their first call-up for the squad.
Discussing Raducanu’s absence from the team, Boulter said: “She’s a huge asset to our team and of course we all wish her well. Health is the priority and I hope she gets better. But it’s time for the girls to step up and I know they will. I have great belief in every single one of them.”