British teen sensation Emma Raducanu STORMS into US Open quarter-finals after stunning win over home favourite Shelby Rogers – losing just three games and winning 11 IN A ROW
- Emma Raducanu has reached the quarter finals at Flushing Meadows
- The 18-year-old stormed past Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-1 is sensational fashion
- Raducanu will face Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in the last eight
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One past British Grand Slam champion was in the President’s Box last night to watch a potential future one make the quarter finals of the US Open.
Virginia Wade made the short trip from her Long Island home to watch Emma Raducanu in the flesh for the first time and, to put it mildly, she did not disappoint.
After an awkward start the 18 year-old from Orpington romped into the quarter finals with a 6-2 6-1 victory over world number 43 Shelby Rogers.
Emma Raducanu is through to the quarter finals of the US Open after a stunning victory
The 18-year-old stormed past the American Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-1 in imperious fashion
Virginia Wade was in attendance and she would have been impressed with what she witnessed
She thus became only the third player in the event’s history to make the last eight, having started in the qualifying 12 days previously. In the last 40 years only the two Jos, Durie and Konta, from GB have made it this far.
By then both were seasoned pros, but this is a truly meteoric ascent, going back to the start of the UK grass court season when she was unknown beyond the most ardent followers of the game.
On court immediately afterwards Raducanu publicly thanked Wade – the 1968 US champion with whom she shares Kent as a home county – for coming, describing her as ‘an absolute legend.’
“It feels absolutely amazing,” said Raducanu. “I feel so happy to have come through and overcome the nerves at the beginning. Shelby has done really well here so I knew it was going to be a tough match.”
After the match Raducanu spoke about overcoming her nerves at the beginning of the match
She was also inspired by the success of other teenagers such as Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz
She admitted that an added motivation had been seeing fellow teenagers, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz and Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, also make it through to the last eight: “I really wanted to join them but everyone has their own trajectory,” said Raducanu.
It feels almost academic that she is now assured of being in the world’s top 75 off the back of what is basically just two tournaments.
Her reward now is a meeting with the first opponent she will have met of seriously high calibre, the number eleven seed and recent Olympic champion, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Bencic remains in prime form, and yesterday saw off last year’s French Open champion Iga Swiatek 6-3 7-6.
The Swiss will meet a player who has yet to drop a set in seven matches going all the way back to a week last Wednesday. So far she has shown a head for heights, even when thrust onto the biggest stage in the whole sport.
It was inevitable that sooner or later Raducanu would get elevated to the vast Arthur Ashe Stadium, and that in itself was a challenge.
Its sightlines and sheer scale are very different to the sunken Court 17 where she had played two of her previous matches, and the American had the advantage of being placed on there for her previous match.
Bagging a victory over Wimbledon champion Ash Barty in the same arena was a useful form of preparation, although that win took place at night when the conditions are slightly slower.
A key battleground would be how Raducanu, fast looking an outstanding returner by any standards, would handle the formidable Rogers serve.
It took Raducanu the first quarter of an hour to both find her bearings in the cavernous arena and adjust to the greater weight of shot coming at her from the other end than in previous rounds.
Rogers claimed fourth break point in the opening game and then held clung on to her serve in the second with a difficulty that was a herald of what was to come.
Crucially, Raducanu fended off two break points in the third game and then she was off an away, adjusted to the new dimensions facing her.
The American is not the silkiest mover, and Raducanu slowly began to exploit that. It helped that Rogers, becoming increasingly alarmed, played a terrible sixth game which, for the first time, gave her a clear lead for the first time at 4-2.
When she shaved the baseline with a forehand to clinch the set it was fast becoming another rout.
Rogers was rendered more and more helpless, and in truth her home crowd was not doing much to help her, despite her being the last American woman standing in the singles draw.
It would not have helped that she is among the lowest profile of her country’s top 50 players, nor that her groundstroking proved woefully inconsistent, as good as Raducanu was.
Rogers made it more competitive at the end, arresting what was a second run in the last two rounds of eleven straight games to Raducanu. Four match points were needed to finish it off at the end, but aside from that the young Brit made this look like a stroll through Central Park.
‘I’m so happy to have managed to come through and overcome some of the nerves from the beginning,’ Raducanu says on court.
Those nerves didn’t stay around for long. She lost the first two games, and then rattled off 11 in a row. Astonishing.
Belinda Bencic next up in the quarter finals. Thanks for following. We’ll see on Wednesday whether the Raducanu run rolls on.
Forehand from the Brit is wide, her first match point goes. She has a second though, as Rogers finds the net.
But again Raducanu can’t take it, as she sends a forehand long. Deuce.
Huge return from Rogers, break point for the American. Raducanu saves it with a great forehand swinging volley.
The Brit sets up a third match point, as the first serve tees up the point for her. Another unforced error on match point though, back to deuce.
She’ll have a fourth go! Another ‘come on’ as she whips the forehand away. Will this be the one? YES! Rogers finds the net with the return.
Raducanu beats Rogers 6-2 6-1. Stunning.
Rogers’ turn to go big with the return, and it’s good. Raducanu with a slightly tight looking forehand… 15-30, as the match clock passes an hour.
The American doesn’t think this is done yet, stunning backhand down the line. 15-40. Two break points.
Raducanu saves the first with a brilliant volley at the net. And the second, with a nice forehand after a good serve.
Great serve, great backhand. MATCH POINT RADUCANU.
This is just incredible. Raducanu wants this done in style, and a monstrous return makes it 0-15.
Rogers is not so keen on being on the receiving end of a bagel though, and fights to win two points in a row. That feels impressive considering how this match has gone.
Raducanu can’t make the passing shot, and it’s 40-30. And Rogers holds! It won’t be a second set bagel. Ends a run of 11 straight games for the Brit.
Raducanu to serve for the match.
This is going to be done in a hurry. Rogers can’t keep a ball in the court. Another forehand goes long, and it’s 30-0 in no time at all.
Good return from the American, 40-15. But it just delays the inevitable.. a 27th unforced error gives Raducanu the hold.
Rogers will serve to stay in the match.
Ruthless from Raducanu – perfect return, Rogers can’t get it back. And a wild backhand from Rogers. 0-30. This is really slipping away from the American now.
Three break points! This could be the match here.
Double fault. Wow. Rogers surrenders her serve, and Raducanu has TEN games in a row. Just two away from the last eight now.
Better from Rogers, as she puts away the forehand at the net. Loose shot from Raducanu, which has been rare, follows and it’s 0-30.
But the Brit is in no mood to give Rogers a way back into this. The first serve turns up at just the right time, and an ace makes it 40-30.
Rogers hits it long, and it’s a hold from Raducanu. She’s responded every time the American has threatened to put the pressure on.
Rogers will not be able to believe how quickly this match has turned. The American made a really good start to get an early break and go 2-0 up… hasn’t been in it since.
And it’s two more unforced errors from Rogers. 15-40… two break points for Raducanu to go up a set and a break.
She needs just one! Raducanu breaks, and she is completely in control now. Incredible from the Brit. Again.
Raducanu with a big ‘come on’ as she gets the better of another long rally, despite a net cord momentarily slowing her up. She knows she’s on course for another special result.
Rogers snatches at a forehand, finds the net, and it’s a hold for Raducanu.
Perfect start to the second set for the Brit. Seven games in a row now. Crowd starting to be on the side of Rogers, Raducanu will have that to deal with from here on in.
No long bathroom breaks here, straight back at it for the second set.
After breaking Rogers’ serve to win the opening set, Raducanu will serve first at the start of the second.
It’s all Raducanu now, hitting it so cleanly. Rogers with yet another unforced error, her 17th of the match, and it’s 15-30.
Make it 18 unforced errors, and 15-40. Two break points, two set points for Raducanu.
The Brit finds the net with the second serve return, chance missed. But it doesn’t matter… she PUMMELS the next return, and it’s in!
Raducanu takes the first set 6-2! Stunning from the Brit. Six games in a row.
Wow. Dismissive return from Rogers, Raducanu barely moves. And another really good return, 0-30. Pressure back on the Brit.
Ace! What a time for Raducanu’s first of the match. Rogers goes huge with the return again, but it’s just long.
She holds, and it’s a brilliant hold from 0-30. Five games in a row for Raducanu. Rogers serving to stay in the set.
It’s Rogers starting to make more unforced errors now, a wild shot lands well wide before she dumps a backhand into the net. 15-30.
And now two break points! Raducanu with the chance to take charge of this set.
Rogers saves one, but another unforced error follows… Raducanu breaks! Massive moment for the Brit.
Raducanu looking more and more comfortable on court.
Another brutal rally ends with Rogers hitting it long again, Raducanu getting so much depth on her shots.
She holds to 15… the first relatively easy hold of the match, and she leads for the first time!
Rogers fighting fire with fire – both players not holding back with their groundstrokes.
It’s Raducanu’s backhand that does the damage to get it to 30-30… can she get herself a break point? Yes is the answer as Rogers finds the net.
And she takes it! A roar of delight from the Brit, as Rogers’ backhand drops long. Brilliant from Raducanu to get this back on serve.
Massive swinging volley at the net from Raducanu which she puts away beautifully. Looking to go big at every opportunity.
Double fault though, and then a forehand is well long. 15-40, two break points for Rogers. Two first serves at just the right time for Raducanu, and she saves the break points.
And she holds serve! Big game that, a real confidence booster for the Brit to get on the board.
Raducanu has proved so strong at returning so far this tournament, and it’s on show again as she gets a first chance on the Rogers serve at 15-30.
Brilliant, deep return from the Brit and Rogers can only hit it into the net. 30-40… break point Raducanu. She can’t get the serve back though – deuce.
More powerful hitting from the American, and Rogers holds to consolidate the break of serve.
The American has another break point though, putting on the early pressure. But again Rogers can’t take advantage, as she fires a forehand long.
Raducanu’s turn to make an error, and it’s a third break point. The Brit works the point well though, and puts away the forehand. Deuce again!
The 18-year-old is having to battle… but two unforced errors follow and Rogers does get the break. Raducanu loses her serve in the first game.
Rogers finds the net with a second serve return, and the Brit wins the first point of the match.
Both players with some slightly edgy unforced errors as they look to find their feet. And that’s not going to help… double fault from Raducanu gives Rogers a break point.
Big first serve, even bigger forehand from the Brit. Deuce.
Here we go then.
After a quick adjustment of the camera on the net by the umpire, it’s time to get underway.
Raducanu to serve first.
Raducanu and Rogers are walking out on court. The Brit leads the way, and she can’t keep the smile off her face.
Only a few minutes away now. Winner will face Belinda Bencic, the Olympic champion, in the last eight.
Rogers won’t exactly be short of confidence though.
She set up this clash by beating world number one Ash Barty in three sets. The American will also be hoping to get some home support from the crowd, even though Raducanu has proved to be extremely popular so far.
Six matches, six wins. Twelve sets, twelve sets won.
Raducanu’s time at the US Open could not have got any better. Last time out she roared past Sara Sorribes Tormo, losing just one game.
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