Emma Raducanu became the youngest British tennis player to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.
The 18-year-old from Bromley prevailed 6-2 6-1 against American Shelby Rogers in New York today and will now face Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in the round of 16.
Raducanu’s victory over world number 49, Rogers, also resulted in her becoming the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 to reach at least the fourth round of her first two Grand Slam tournaments, and she is only the third qualifier to make the quarterfinals reached the US Open.
Her run for the fourth round of Wimbledon that summer ended when she struggled with breathing problems and had to give up.
Raducanu entered today’s competition after losing just 12 games in three games, the fewest of all women left, and after a sublime 6-0 6-1 win over Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Her opponent Rogers had beaten world number one Ashleigh Barty on Saturday, but Raducanu reeled 11 straight games in a resounding triumph.
The game was followed by Virginia Wade, the last British woman to win a Grand Slam title who lives in New York. I really appreciate it.
“You’re an absolute legend so I’m really honored to have you here. I’ll just try to do my best every lap and see how far it goes.”
Raducanu was born in Toronto in 2002 to a Chinese mother and a Romanian father. When she was two years old, the family moved to England.
She started taking ballet lessons, but her father decided that sport was the way to go and, in addition to her tennis training, let his daughter ride, swim, tap dance, basketball, skiing, golf, go-karting, and motocross.
It quickly became clear that she excelled in tennis and after winning the first title of the International Tennis Federation, in which she was allowed to compete at the age of 13, she made it to the junior quarter-finals of the US Open in 2018.
Her Grand Slam exploits came as a bit of a surprise, however, as Raducanu didn’t make her first major game appearance on the Women’s Tennis Association Tour until this year’s Nottingham Open.
She lost 6: 4 6: 3 to compatriot Harriet Dart in the first round of this competition, before reaching the quarter-finals of a lower tournament at the same location the following week.
That convinced Wimbledon to offer her a wild card for the main draw, and she became the youngest British woman to reach week two at SW19 in the Open era.
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