Media playback is not supported on this device US Open champions Emma Raducanu and Michael Kudla talk celebrations after beating Julia Boserup and Tatjana Maria to win the NCAA singles title at Stanford
John McEnroe says it was “crazy” that 17-year-old American Emma Raducanu upset Canadian second seed Eugenie Bouchard in the first round of the 2017 US Open.
Raducanu, at the tournament in New York on Monday, suffered a first-round exit in doubles but lifted the title in singles with fellow teenager Michael Kudla.
But McEnroe says it was a “really tough draw” for the teenager to beat Bouchard.
“Every time she hits the ball she’s going to scare you,” said the former US Open champion.
Bouchard is one of several women who have struggled to rediscover the form that saw her win the 2015 Wimbledon title.
According to Centre Court statistician Andrew Billington, after Raducanu’s 6-4 6-1 win over the Canadian she was ranked 238th in the world.
“Emma’s the first girl to win a US Open singles tournament. She’s a very good player, she’s just 17,” added McEnroe.
“It was an interesting draw and what you see is what you get.
“She’s a young player that obviously has so much potential. She does hit the ball at a really high level, she’s got a big serve and a really good backhand.
“She has the chance to be a special player. As far as it affecting her at the US Open, that’s crazy.
“I know this sounds cliché but she’s 17. She’s just got to take it one match at a time. She won her first one, just beat one of the best players in the world.”