- British teenager Emma Raducanu has made it to US Open quarterfinals without dropping a set.
- The 18-year-old swept aside Shelby Rogers on Monday to continue her dream debut in New York.
- “It definitely feels surreal. I didn’t expect to be here at all,” she said.
British teenager Emma Raducanu put in another ominous performance to reach the US Open quarterfinals as her dream debut at Flushing Meadows continued.
The 18-year-old swept aside American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-1 on Monday to set up a last eight clash with world No. 12 Belinda Bencic.
The victory means Raducanu is still yet to drop a set in four main-draw matches and three qualifiers in what has been an astonishing run in New York.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” she said after her win over Rogers.
“Shelby is a great opponent, she’s done so well in the US Open and she’s had a great week so I knew it was going to be a tough match.
“But I’m so happy to have come through and have managed to overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.”
—Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) September 7, 2021
Raducanu came into her match against Rogers on the back of a thumping 6-0, 6-1 third round win over Sara Sorribes Tormo.
However, in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, she got off to a nervy start against her American opponent, going a break down in the first game.
The Brit almost went 3-0 down, however dug deep to save two break points and hold her second service game.
From there, her confidence grew and she took complete control of the match, hitting just 14 unforced errors and unleashing 18 winners as she stormed to victory.
Raducanu was ranked 361st in the world three months ago, but burst onto the scene with a run to the fourth round of Wimbledon in July in what was her first Grand Slam.
She’s now gone one round better in her second slam, and will break into the world’s top 100 when the rankings are next released after the US Open.
Depending on how far she goes in New York, she could jump above Heather Watson and Johanna Konta to become British number one.
“It definitely feels surreal. I didn’t expect to be here at all,” Raducanu said.