2021 US Open winner Emma Raducanu gives verdict on Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min
As quoted by Tennis365 (h/t Express), 2021 Women’s US Open winner Emma Raducanu said she ‘resonates’ with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min and that the South Korean international is an inspiration for his compatriots.
The South Korean international was back amongst the goals this weekend when he came on to score a hat-trick for Spurs against Leicester City in a 6-2 Premier League win. Raducanu hasn’t had the best few weeks.
The 2021 US Open winner was eliminated from the 2022 edition in the first round and her ranking, as a result, has dropped to 77 from 11. She also exited the Slovenia Open in round 2 but now has the chance to redeem herself in the Korea Open.
Speaking before her match against Moyuka Uchijima on Wednesday, Raducanu said:
“I really resonate with him, and I think that what he’s doing for sport and football in Asia and in Korea especially is massive. I think that there are going to be a lot more future athletes coming from this side of the world.”
Raducanu was also spotted wearing a Spurs jersey in Germany during a training session in April 2022, where she said that her team members were hardcore Tottenham fans. She also revealed her admiration for Harry Kane when speaking to reporters earlier this year (h/t WTATennis):
“I loved following the Euros last year and watching Harry Kane, who’s obviously the England captain, and Son, I’m a big fan of him as well. So yeah, I like to dabble.”
Son started the season in poor form, scoring no goals in any of his matches for Tottenham since the hat-trick against the Foxes. He is an integral part of manager Antonio Conte’s starting XI.
He has reached a level of stardom that perhaps no South Korean athlete has reached on a global scale, perhaps not even Ji-Sung Park of Manchester United who played for the Red Devils when social media wasn’t quite prevalent as it is today.
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Spurs went to South Korea this summer for a friendly against K-League XI. It is clear the attention Son is bringing to the football scene in South Korea, and he can make an even bigger impact if he helps his country to a strong finish in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.