Emma Raducanu will hope to follow in the footsteps of fellow teenager Leyla Annie Fernandez and reach the US Open semi-finals ahead of her quarter-final clash with Belinda Bencic today (8 September).
Fernandez followed her wins against three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber and two-time US Open winner Naomi Osaka by knocking out fifth seed Elina Svitolina in a thrilling third-set tie-break.
The 19-year-old Canadian will face Aryna Sabalenka for a spot in the final after the Belarusian knocked out this year’s French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.
Krejcikova’s exit means a new Grand Slam champion will be crowned in the women’s singles.
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Raducanu and Bencic US Open clash
Raducanu and 11th seed Bencic are expected to walk out on the Arthur Ashe stadium at 5pm (BST time). The match will be shown live on Amazon Prime.
The remaining quarter-final clash will be between Raducanu’s potential semi-final opponents – fourth seed Karolina Pliskova versus 17th seed Maria Sakkari.
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Who is Belinda Bencic?
Switzerland star Belinda Bencic came into the US Open in red hot form after winning the Tokyo Olympics singles. She became the first Swiss woman to win Olympic tennis gold (BBC Sport).
The 24-year-old’s route to the gold medal wasn’t straightforward, however. Her last four matches went the distance but her grit, character and determination, aided by a solid all-round game, helped her secure the biggest title of her career to date.
Like Raducanu, Bencic has advanced to the quarter-finals without losing a set but, unlike her British opponent, Bencic hasn’t had to come through the qualifiers to reach this stage.
Bencic, who has won five career titles, will be the first seeded player Raducanu has faced in the draw.
After sweeping aside last year’s French Open champion Iga Swiatek in the last 16, Bencic will be looking to reach her second career Grand Slam semi-final. Her first came in New York in 2019.
Bencic, who has reached nine hard-court finals in her career, winning four, knows what it takes to win big matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
During her run to the semi-finals in 2019, she upset defending champion Osaka in straight sets in the round of 16.
It was at the US Open where Bencic announced herself on the world stage, reaching the quarter-finals in 2017 aged just 17.
Britain’s tennis sensation will fancy her chances of causing another upset but faces a player whose confidence and self-belief will be sky high. She has also been in the same shoes as Fernandez and Raducanu when being labelled tennis’s next star.