Emma Raducanu could be among the top five tennis players in the world in the next two years, according to Mats Wilander

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Mats Wilander thinks Emma Raducanu can be one of the top five female tennis players in the next two years.

Raducanu, who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon on her Grand Slam debut earlier this summer before withdrawing due to illness, has a real chance of making the US Open final when she faces the Greek number 17 seed Maria Sakkari on Thursday night.
After Raducanu’s emphatic win over Belinda Bencic, Eurosport’s Wilander believes Raducanu has all the tools in her game to quickly become one of the best players in the world, calling her ‘the real deal’.

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“She got off to a bad start [against Bencic],” he said.

“She lost 3-1 and then she changed everything like it was the most natural thing.

“She looked lost at first, she didn’t feel the ball, especially on the forehand side, and then all of a sudden she’s playing like she’s done it a million times. To finish too…

She’s the real deal at 18 and I can’t imagine Emma Raducanu not being in the top five players in a few years time.

Along with being impressed with his technical prowess, Wilander was struck by Raducanu’s mental toughness at such a young age as well as his ability to have fun at the same time.

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He added: “She’s only 18 and coming from Great Britain there’s a lot of pressure with what happened with her at Wimbledon. She played really well but couldn’t finish that. Last match.

“I’m so happy because during Wimbledon I was telling everyone that Emma was the real deal.

“She moves well and now she’s proving to everyone that sometimes you really know what you’re talking about!

“She’s unfazed by anything and she’s having fun. She’s clearly enjoying it, which is amazing.”

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