No shade on Emma but is she a 1 slam wonder.

gsuede

Rookie
Amazing win today but let's be honest. We have seen a lot of women in the last 5 years win 1 GS and nothing since. I hope Emma a Leyla are the real deal. They are great for tennis.
 

gadge

Hall of Fame
I mean it is too early to say. She played an amazing fortnight and didn’t drop a set. She did have a very good draw not facing any top 10 players or slam champions but to be ranked #150 in the world at her US Open debut and to win the title? Huge.
Yes huge but let’s not proclaim she’s gonna be an all time great or something wait a bit to see how she handles the pressures and how she fares on the tour.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
We've barely seen her play. Maybe you were a particularly captivated and engrossed observer. You still have likely seen less than five of her matches.
 

baowow

Rookie
Even if this is her only slam, it's remarkable how she won it. Only 2nd grand slam played, went through qualifying (10 matches total), and didn't drop a set. I can see her winning Wimbledon. She seems to like the faster courts. May take a few years after this one though.
 

Jason Swerve

Hall of Fame
All of the greatest players have met their match at some point. They may not have lost everything, but they were surely stymied from having the tour in a chokehold.

Navratilova stymied Evert
Graf stymied Seles
Hingis stymied Kournikova
Serena stymied Venus
Henin stymied Serena

Any one of these players would've held the tour for over a decade if not for the one in front of them. Will Raducanu have someone in front of her? That remains to be seen. Osaka claimed mental health struggles from before her first slam title yet went on to amass 4. No one was in front of her. You can accomplish some devastating things without an equally strong foil.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
The interesting thing about Raducanu that is different than other slam winners is that it wasn’t really her strokes that won it for her.

It was her superior athleticism. She has an extra gear of speed for covering the court. She outclassed Fernandez with her superior movement. Fernandez seemed deflated because she couldn’t hit through her with shots that worked great against Osaka and Sabalenka.
 

Arak

Legend
The interesting thing about Raducanu that is different than other slam winners is that it wasn’t really her strokes that won it for her.

It was her superior athleticism. She has an extra gear of speed for covering the court. She outclassed Fernandez with her superior movement. Fernandez seemed deflated because she couldn’t hit through her with shots that worked great against Osaka and Sabalenka.
Are you saying she is the female twin sister of Djokovic?
 

Jason Swerve

Hall of Fame
Then it went how I thought it did. Fernandez has, or had, the superior anticipation and willingness to attack. If she loses this edge, it's lights out. She most likely saw Raducanu play and found herself depressed by Raducanu's footwork, which must've hampered her own.
 

Ginger ninja

Semi-Pro
Mentally strong, excellent technique, particularly good second serve and the most important thing, she is extremely smart….like MIT smart. She’s here to stay and could dominate over the next 5 years at least.
 

Ginger ninja

Semi-Pro
All of the greatest players have met their match at some point. They may not have lost everything, but they were surely stymied from having the tour in a chokehold.

Navratilova stymied Evert
Graf stymied Seles
Hingis stymied Kournikova
Serena stymied Venus
Henin stymied Serena

Any one of these players would've held the tour for over a decade if not for the one in front of them. Will Raducanu have someone in front of her? That remains to be seen. Osaka claimed mental health struggles from before her first slam title yet went on to amass 4. No one was in front of her. You can accomplish some devastating things without an equally strong foil.
I was taking you seriously till you mentioned Kournikova in the same breath as greats….
 

Jason Swerve

Hall of Fame
I was taking you seriously till you mentioned Kournikova in the same breath as greats….
Why should I be bothered by your opinion when you bring up "MIT" and other elitist nonsense? If you've a coaching cert, please post it here. Kournikova was the world #1 juniors player and suddenly was forced to not play any tournaments for months at a time because she was a test subject for the age-based regulations Raducanu is now benefitting from, 25 years later.
 

Ginger ninja

Semi-Pro
Why should I be bothered by your opinion when you bring up "MIT" and other elitist nonsense? If you've a coaching cert, please post it here. Kournikova was the world #1 juniors player and suddenly was forced to not play any tournaments for months at a time because she was a test subject for the age-based regulations Raducanu is now benefitting from, 25 years later.
i don’t need to be any kind of a coach to find you placing Kournikova (0 tournament wins, never mind 0 majors) in the same company as Graf, Navratilova, Serena, Hingis etc utterly laughable.

And, you try getting into MIT - it’s far from elitist - you earn your spot regardless of income. Only the smartest get in there.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
This thread:

"No shade, but I'm going to write off an 18 year old player just hours after she has won a Slam title while accomplishing something nobody else has done in the history of Open tennis and after playing pro tennis for just a few months... oh and after she's gone 2 for 2 in making it to the second week of a slam in just her first two tries."

Trolling 101.
 

gadge

Hall of Fame
Please don’t include me here. Not all of us said the same about those girls.
Not all of them but everyone was psyched for swiatek. She has the potential and is no way as terrible as ostapenko but she lost a bit of confidence and it’s affecting her game.
 

1990's Graphite

Hall of Fame
Wta is notorious for one slam wonders in recent times. If Emma stays focused and professional she can maintain it. Whatever Bouchard and Ostapenko did she needs to do the opposite
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Wta is notorious for one slam wonders in recent times. If Emma stays focused and professional she can maintain it. Whatever Bouchard and Ostapenko did she needs to do the opposite
Ostapenko is from Latvia I think. This girl is from UK. It matters. This girl will get hype 10 times any other one slam wonder..
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
I'll say this, I was very impressed with her play and enjoyed watching her. But I also didn't walk away from this tournament seeing anything particularly special in her game that makes me confident more slams are on the way. There's no standout shot and not a ton of pop on any of her groundstrokes. Not the best defender out there either. She just played an incredibly clean & consistent tournament. Seemed to come up with the goods on every big point she needed to win, that FH up the line seemed to clear the net every time she needed it to. That makes for a dream run but not necessarily future success. But we'll see how her game develops with age.

I hate to be that guy, but she really did have a soft draw. I want to see how her game stands up to the other top players. Sakkari probably had the most power of her opponents but was so unbelievably nervous that she couldn't even keep the ball in play long enough to test Emma's defense. I want to see how Raducanu handles the power of an Osaka or Andreescu. Or how she handles the more consistent point constructors like Barty and Halep.
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
The interesting thing about Raducanu that is different than other slam winners is that it wasn’t really her strokes that won it for her.

It was her superior athleticism. She has an extra gear of speed for covering the court. She outclassed Fernandez with her superior movement. Fernandez seemed deflated because she couldn’t hit through her with shots that worked great against Osaka and Sabalenka.
Her athleticism sure is an important part of her total package. But she has much more, and at the end of the day
is one of those players who is greater than the sum of her parts. :)
 
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