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British teen Emma Raducanu through to US Open semi-finals

Written by on 08/09/2021

British teen Emma Raducanu is through to the US Open tennis semi-finals after beating Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in straight sets.

The 18-year-old British tennis player beat world number 12 and Olympic gold medallist Bencic 6-3, 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

Raducanu beat Spain's Sara Sorribes Tomo in the third round of the US Open
Image: Raducanu beat Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tomo in the third round of the US Open

Today’s match was the first time Raducanu, who is ranked 150, has faced a top-30 opponent.

After the match, she said on Amazon Prime: “I am so happy to come through and thank you so much for all your support today.

The teenager called Bencic “such a great opponent”, adding that, “it was a really tough match.”

“I have an absolutely amazing team and I have a team back home who could not be here – I am sure they are watching, I hope!

“Thank you so much everyone, I wish you could be here with me but everything we have been working for has shown here.”

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Raducanu won the opening set 6-3 after making a tentative start, losing her opening service game and falling 2-0 behind.

However, she held her nerve and broke back in the sixth game to draw level at 3-3.

A superb forehand winner gave her another break point in the eighth game, which she clinched it with the help of a net-cord in the next rally.

In the second set, Raducanu sealed her second break of the match as Bencic buckled with a double fault.

The final game saw the Brit double-fault to trail 0-30 but she then won the next two points and delivered an ace to give her match point.

Raducanu had secured her place in the quarter-final after beating American Shelby Rogers in straight sets on Monday, winning their fourth round clash 6-2 6-1.

Emma Raducanu during her quarterfinal singles match against Belinda Bencic at the US Open. Pic: Ap
Image: Emma Raducanu during her quarter-final singles match against Belinda Bencic at the US Open. Pic: Ap

This made her the youngest British player to ever reach this stage of the US competition.

The Kent teenager won legions of fans for her performance at this year’s Wimbledon where, as as a wildcard entry, she defied expectations to make it to round four.

Although her winning streak ended in unfortunate circumstances when she struggled with breathing problems and had to retire.

Raducanu is the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 to reach at least the fourth round of her first two grand slam tournaments.

She was born in Toronto in 2002 to a Chinese mother and Romanian father and the family moved over to England when she was two.

 Sky News

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