BRITISH TEEN’S DREAM US OPEN RUN CONTINUES
BRITISH teenager Emma Raducanu matched the deepest run by any qualifier in US Open history on Tuesday, rolling into the quarter-finals and mastering the nervy atmosphere of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 18-year-old defeated American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-1 and had US
Open fans cheering her over a homenation hero as she booked a last-eight date with Swiss 11th seed Belinda Bencic, who eliminated Polish seventh seed Iga Swiatek 7-6 (14-12), 6-3.
“I’m feeling very confident and happy with how I’m performing out here in the States,” Raducanu said.
“I feel like I’m building with each match. I’m really excited to see what I can do.”
Raducanu, the Canadian-born daughter of a Chinese mother and Romanian father, made her WTA debut in June and her Grand Slam debut with a fourth-round run at
Wimbledon after a long lay-off in the Covid-19 pandemic.
“To be here in the US Open quarter-finals after not playing for 18 months is absolutely just incredible,” said Raducanu, who has received advice from British three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.