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Tennis sensation Emma Raducanu advances to US Open quarter-finals

Tom Avery September 7, 2021
Emma Raducanu US Open
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Emma Raducanu’s US Open dream run shows no sign of slowing after the 18-year-old swept aside Shelby Rogers in the last-16 to advance to her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

The British qualifier beat Rogers, who had knocked out world number one and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty in the third round, 6-2, 6-1.

Playing in just her second Grand Slam, Raducanu has advanced to the quarter-finals without dropping a set, which includes three qualifying matches prior to the main draw.

The teenager will face Olympic champion Belinda Bencic for a spot in the semi-finals on Wednesday (8 September).

It's a Wimbledon Thing

Emma Raducanu: US Open sensation

From 2-0 down in her fourth-round match Raducanu, who is ranked 150 in the world, won 12 of the last 13 games to beat America’s world No 43 as she looked looked unstoppable on Arthur Ashe.

Following her shock retirement from Wimbledon earlier in the summer after she was forced to withdraw from the competition as her debut experience “caught up” with her, as reported by the Evening Standard, the teenager showed no signs of a repeat in New York when attempting to break new ground.

Raducanu was ruthless and swept aside Rogers with consummate ease.

Esteemed company

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Raducanu is only the third qualifier to reach the US Open quarter-finals (Barbara Gerken 1981 and Kaia Kanepi 2017) in the open era, reported by Stuart Fraser, tennis correspondent for The Times.

In reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open, Raducanu has lost fewer games (15) in her first four US Open matches than any player since Serena Williams (13) in 2013, reported by Jeu, Set et Maths.

How far can Raducanu go?

Following 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu’s defeat to Maria Sakkari, the only Grand Slam winner left in the draw is French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Whatever happens, a new US Open winner will be crowned in the women’s draw this year and, with Raducanu playing fearless lights-out tennis, she has the ability to blow anyone in the draw off the court. That will make her a scary prospect for anyone, including Bencic.

How did the world react to her win

Here’s how some tennis fans reacted to her win on Twitter:

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