Emma Raducanu: Simona Halep pays US Open winner the ultimate compliment

Emma Raducanu Simona Halep

Emma Raducanu's remarkable story is still something so many people can't quite wrap their heads around.

The 18-year-old star went from a complete WTA newbie, to one of the most talked about women on the planet in a matter of months.

Since making her debut at the Nottingham Open in June, Raducanu has climbed more than 300 places in the world rankings and has become the new poster girl for British tennis.

The teen sensation made history in September by becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament. She also ended Britain's 44-year wait for another major champion.

Raducanu made headlines across the globe after her triumph at the US Open and she is still one of the media's most covered athletes.

Her inspirational achievements have sparked praise from tennis legends Andy Murray and Tim Henman, who have both shown their support for her on multiple occasions.

Emma Raducanu

Simona Halep is another star to laud the youngster's rapid rise into the spotlight.

The world number 22 is one of Raducanu's tennis idols — having grown up watching her alongside her father, who also hails from Romania.

The Brit was competing on her father's native soil at the Transylvania Open, where she reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by fellow teen Marta Kostyuk, who would go on to face Halep in the semis.

Simona Halep

Raducanu expressed her disappointment in not being able to challenge her childhood hero and said: "I love to watch her play and learn from her."

However, it seems the roles have now reversed and it's in fact Halep who is in awe of Raducanu.

In a recent interview, the Romanian paid tribute to the world number 21, describing her as having a "very strong" mentality.

"She's already achieved the Grand Slam title so she's able to achieve everything," Halep continued. "She now has the experience of winning the biggest tournament in tennis so I think she can easily make the top 10 and I think sooner than everyone else thinks because she's already close to that.

"She has a bright future and for sure she will be one of the best players in the world."

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