Piers Morgan took to Twitter to praise teenager Emma Raducanu after she sensationally advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open. Raducanu defeated American Shelby Rogers – who had defeted world number one Ashleigh Barty in the previous round – 6-2 6-1.
After the win, Kaye Adams went on social media and asked if Morgan had anything to say about the 18-year-old superstar after her win.
His perception of her has seemingly certainly changed – and he characteristically took the plaudits for her victory.
Replying to Adams, Morgan wrote: “Absolutely – I’m delighted she’s reacted so well to my critique & learned how to handle the heat.
“What Emma’s doing now is a lot more inspiring than the giving up & quitting that you loser-lovers seemed to find so admirable.”
His comments indicate a change in attitude towards the teenager, who was subjected to criticism from Morgan after pulling out of Wimbledon with a medical problem in the fourth round at the All England Club.
She withdrew from her meeting with Ajla Tomljanovi after the first set with a breathing issue, but Morgan suggested that she was simply unable to handle the occasion.
“Ms Raducanu’s a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly,” he tweeted back in July. “Not ‘brave’, just a shame.”
Morgan’s view was also shared by former Grand Slam champion John McEnroe, who told the BBC: “I feel bad for Emma. It appears that it got a little bit too much.
After a slow start to the match in which Raducanu fell two games down in the opening set, Raducanu powered back in style.
She won a scarcely-believeable 11 straight games – and only semed to drop the game at the end of the second set as she eyed a spot in the last eight.
“It feels absolutely amazing. Shelby is a great opponent, she’s done so well in the US Open and she’s had a great week so I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Raducanu said while beaming in her on-court interview.
“But I’m so happy to have come through and have managed to overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.