Former British No 1 Greg Rusedski admitted he was “dumfounded” by Emma Raducanu after the British teenager produced another stunning display to reach the US Open final.
The 18-year-old beat Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4 to become the first qualifier in history to reach the final at Flushing Meadows, and the first British woman to do so since Virginia Wade in 1968.
Raducanu, yet to drop a set in the tournament, went into the clash ranked no 74 in world and is now likely to have risen inside the top 50 – but Rusedski, was left in no doubt as to where her latest display leaves her.
“This was something special that we just saw here,” he told Amazon Prime .
“That performance is worthy of a world No 1, a US Open champion, multiple Grand Slam titles.
“The calmness, the composure, the belief, the handling of the big points.
‘”This was her first semi final of a major and it was like she was playing the first round of this event! It was astonishing.
“I was dumfounded.”
Rusedski, whose only Grand Slam final also came at the US Open when he lost to Pat Rafter in 1997, had backed Raducanu to win before the match and now believes she has the all-round game to be force for years to come.
“She really has everything. When you talk about superstars she has what you call ‘it’.”
The 48-year-old wasn’t the only one left impressed, with fellow former British player Annabel Croft surprised at the way Raducanu dismantled her Greek opponent.
“I didn’t expect this match to pan out as it has,” said Croft, 55.
“I really thought Sakkari would come out and compete and give (Raducanu) a run for her money. But she was like all the rest of them that been slain already.
“She could not cope with the ball-striking, the timing, the precision and the beautiful serving.”
Laura Robson meanwhile, took to Twitter to try and summarise the display: “Unbelievable,” she wrote.
“You absolute star Emma Raducanu.”
However, Raducanu will not be the only teenage sensation in Saturday’s final.
Her opponent will be 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez, who herself produced a superb display to beat world no 2 Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 4-6 6-4.
It will be the first time two teenagers have contest the final since Serena Williams beat Martina Hingis in 1999.