Although Emma Raducanu took a stiff 6-2, 6-4 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open earlier this month, the Brit's historic US Open victory remains the topic of conversation. Most recently, former WTA player Flavia Pennetta didn't hesitate to share her highly critical thoughts with Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera.

"I don't like it. What is happening, this very strong discontinuity, in my opinion, is not good for tennis," she said of Raducanu's major triumph. "In my time it could never have happened that a young girl played from qualifying, like Emma Raducanu in New York, to win a grand slam."

While the world is still completely fascinated and impressed with the British teenager, Pennetta isn't thrilled, but rather concerned about the sport. The 2015 US Open champion believes charisma is missing in women's tennis and is thus making the sport difficult to sell.


However, comparing the ratings of this year's women's final between the two unseeded teenagers Leylah Fernandez and Raducanu compared to Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka's 2020 bout—the teenagers win. With 2.44 million viewers taking in the final this year that represents an increase of about 37% according to ESPN.

The match was also the most-watched women’s final of the seven ESPN has televised since acquiring US Open exclusivity back in 2015.

Raducanu fell two ranking spots after coming up short in her California opener, and is now ranked No. 24.