Jurgen Klopp has described Emma Raducanu as the “talent of the century” and says he will watch more women’s tennis after the 18-year-old’s victory at the US Open.
The Liverpool manager halted preparations for her side’s 3-0 victory over Leeds on Sunday to join millions on Saturday night as Raducanu became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since 1977 by beating Leylah Fernandez.
Teenager Raducanu is also the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title, but Klopp was mostly inspired by the two players’ humility after the result.
“A long time ago I watched a full tennis match and was impressed with the power, the speed and the overall match,” he said.
“Women’s tennis is obviously having a brilliant time. These two girls, 18 and 19, what they showed in the game was extremely impressive, but when they got the trophies at the ceremony, the way they spoke was really inspiring, to be honest.
“Even more than tennis which was pretty inspiring. I was absolutely overwhelmed with the way they presented themselves. Fernandez was obviously disappointed and Emma showed great respect for her.
I will be watching women’s tennis for sure a lot more than I have in recent years.
“They knew they would face each other very often in the future and would participate in many more finals. I wish that for them. It was a beautiful display of sportsmanship and elite sport and how good you are. can be humble, so young on top of the world.
“When you’re 18 and you win the US Open, it can only come from hard work. She is for sure the talent of the century, but without hard work it is not possible to be there and do it.
“Now she’s here and you see her smile during the match, it’s the nicest thing I can imagine. I will be watching women’s tennis a lot more, for sure, than I have in recent years. years. “
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