British teenager Emma Raducanu defeated Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in her first qualifying to reach the US Open semifinals on Wednesday.
With an early break, Briton in 150th place quickly recovered and won four games in a row, closing the first set with seven forehand winners and three ace.
Like Raducanu, Bencic reached the final eight without dropping the set in the last nine days, but on Wednesday she struggled with her first serve and misfired two costly double faults on the opening set. bottom.
Raducanu maintained momentum in the second set and evaded three break points in the second game.
Frustrated Bencic gave Raducanu a double-fault break in Game 5, her frustration boiled as the match progressed, and the Swiss slammed his racket on the ground.
Raducanu went down 0-30 in the last two service games and was nervous in both cases, absorbing the cheers of the New York spectators after winning a nine-shot rally at the last point.
“She plays Belinda is a great opponent,” Raducanu said. “She hit the ball so hard that her ball speed definitely surprised me.”
The 18-year-old, who reached Wimbledon’s fourth round with her Grand Slam debut just two months ago, has won all 16 sets from qualifying to the semifinals so far.
She is the second teenager to influence the girls’ draw as 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez also reached the final four this week.
“The number of young players here shows how strong the next generation is,” Raducanu added. Raducanu delighted many young fans by taking a selfie before leaving the court.
“Everyone is on their way. I take care of what I can control here, and it’s my own journey at the end of the day.”
Raducanu arrived in New York after three hard court events in the United States for the final major of the season and finished second in the Chicago Challenger.
Despite the tight schedule, Raducanu showed no signs of fatigue while destroying his opponents one after another, and believes that additional matches helped her.
Born in Canada to a Chinese mother and a Romanian father, Raducanu said, “It’s so different from the lawn that it was very nice to adapt to the hard coat. You can escape at a much lower cost. “.
“Four weeks later, I think the game got better when I leveled up in the tournament. Every time I played a high level tournament, I had to level up the game.”
While Raducanu ran at Wimbledon, ranked 338th in the world as a wildcard, and is currently attracting tennis fans in the UK and around the world in New York, she refuses to be caught and works in front of her. I’m keeping an eye out for you. Up with all hype.
“In fact, I didn’t know anything about any of the records. It’s the first time I’ve heard today that it was the first qualifying to make a cicada (at the US Open). I didn’t know before that,” she said.
“I’m not here to chase a record right now. I’m just thinking about what I can do now and in the upcoming game. I haven’t started thinking about the next record yet.”
US Open 2021: British qualifier Emma Raducanu makes history in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows
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