Piers Morgan savaged over 'disgusting' Emma Raducanu comments

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Emma Raducajnu, pictured here in action at the US Open.
Piers Morgan's latest comments about Emma Raducanu have caused more outrage. Image: Getty

Piers Morgan has once again sparked outrage with his comments about Emma Raducanu after the British teenager stormed into the semi-finals of the US Open.

Raducanu became the first qualifier ever to make the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday, stunning Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4.

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The 18-year-old showed her enormous potential when she made the fourth round on her grand slam debut at Wimbledon before she retired during her match with Ajla Tomljanovic.

Raducanu said she was having trouble breathing and later admitted she became overwhelmed by the occasion of playing in prime time on centre court at Wimbledon.

Commenting on the situation at Wimbledon, Morgan labelled Raducanu a "quitter" in remarks that were widely condemned.

"Ms Raducuna’s a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly," he tweeted.

"Not ‘brave’, just a shame. If I were her, I’d tell my fans to stop abusing [John] McEnroe, & seek his advice on how to toughen up & become a champion like he was."

On Wednesday, Morgan doubled down despite Raducanu's stunning march into the last four in New York.

Emma Raducanu, pictured here being congratulated by Belinda Bencic after their quarter-final clash at the US Open.
Emma Raducanu is congratulated by Belinda Bencic after their quarter-final clash at the US Open. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The controversial commentator said it was "disappointing" to see fans going nuts over Raducanu now that she was winning instead of "quitting".

"Very disappointing to see wokies going crazy because Emma Raducanu is now winning not quitting," he tweeted.  

"This must be so triggering to losers who are used to you celebrating their failures. Please stop."

Needless to say, the comments sparked anger on social media.

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Emma Raducanu makes tennis history at US Open

Raducanu is just the fourth qualifier in grand slam history to reach the semi-finals, but she still resists comparisons to such stars as Naomi Osaka.

"I think to compare yourself and your results against anyone is probably like the thief of happiness," Raducanu said.

"I didn't compete for 18 months, but here I am and it just shows that if you believe in yourself, then anything is possible."

Raducanu could become the first qualifier to reach a grand slam final, and from there a trophy is only one step away, even though she insists on never looking ahead.

"Let's say I have a hunger to win every single match I play," Raducanu said. 

"So I don't want to get ahead of myself at all, because I just like to take it one day at a time.

"If I take care of what I can control, that's going to give me the best chance. Until now, I think it's worked very well for me not getting ahead of myself, just focusing on one point at a time. 

"It's got me to this stage, and I'm not going to change anything."

Down an early break in Wednesday's quarter-final, the 150th-ranked Briton recovered swiftly to take control of a match against the infinitely more experienced Swiss opponent, who's been in the form of her life.

Like Raducanu, Bencic had reached the last eight without dropping a set over the past nine days but she struggled with her serve, producing a pair of costly double faults in the opening set.

Yet Raducanu just maintained her momentum after taking the first set, fending off three break points in the second game of the second stanza before the Swiss handed the teenager another break with a double fault in the fifth game.

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