Former US Open champion claims Raducanu's win is bad for tennis
Former US Open champion Flavia Pennetta has claimed that Emma Raucanu’s triumph at the Flushing Meadows earlier this year is "not good for tennis".
The British star, Raducanu shocked the tennis world by winning the US Open and becoming the first qualifier in history to win a grand slam title. She had an amazing tournament, winning all sets till she beat Layla Fernandez in the final.
While the tennis world was completely captivated by the British teenager's extraordinary achievement, Pennetta was less than impressed. The 2015 US Open champion explained that a qualifier should never be able to win a grand slam and is a bad look for the women's game.
"I don't like it. What is happening, this very strong discontinuity, in my opinion, is not good for tennis," the retired Italian told Corriere della Sera.
"In my time it could never have happened that a young girl played from qualifying, like Emma Raducanu in New York, to win a grand slam. Top athletes made too much difference. There is something wrong. Charisma is missing, so women's tennis is more difficult to sell."