2021 US Open results: Emma Raducanu stuns the world, tennis news, Ash Barty
Conqueror Ash Barty was devastated as the hottest property in women’s tennis cemented her status as a true star in the making.
The astonishing rise of teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu continued with another fascinating victory to advance to the quarterfinals of the US Open.
The 18-year-old Englishman won 12 of 13 games against American Shelby Rogers – who was on top after beating Australia’s Ash Barty in the third round – to send the hometown hero into a 6-2 6 beating -1.
Rogers, ranked 43rd in the world, reportedly imagined his chances of entering the clash but had no response to his young rival, and presented a dispirited figure as his campaign ended with a flurry of Raducanu winners.
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“It was quite embarrassing. It’s been a tough day at the office, ”said Rogers. “Unfortunately, I had to fail in front of thousands and thousands of people. So I have to live with that one.
“It’s a little, a lot, obviously disappointing that I couldn’t put together a little more today.
“But, you know, I told you the other night it took everything I had to beat Barty. I guess it was kinda obvious today.
Raducanu solidified her status as the most prominent young property in women’s tennis as she supported her remarkable Wimbledon debut earlier this year with another sensational run in New York City.
This is just the world No.150’s second appearance in the main draw of a grand slam, and she hopes to keep the rage going when she takes on Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals later this week.
Tennis journalist Carole Bouchard said “the Raducanu tournament is absolutely breathtaking”, while British sports writer Charlie Eccleshare said the teenager’s performance was “incredible”.
The official Tennis Podcast Twitter account posted a gif saying “this is not normal” and tennis writer Stuart Fraser praised the Briton for her “incredible turnaround” after losing 0-2 to start the match.
Remarkably, Raducanu is only the third Open-era qualifier to reach the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows after Barbara Gerken in 1981 and Kaia Kanepi in 2017.
The young weapon won three qualifying matches to earn a place in the main draw and continued his incredible form to move into week two of the US Open. She is yet to lose a set in the seven games she has played in New York and has lost just 15 games in her four main draw games – the fewest women left in the tournament.
Raducanu’s emergence as a true sports star has been nothing short of spectacular. She only made her first match on the WTA Main Tour a few weeks before Wimbledon, where she got a last-minute wildcard to qualify for the grand slam as the lowest-ranked British player.
Incredibly, she entered week two of the tournament as the only remaining Briton and became the youngest Englishwoman to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon since Christine Truman in 1959 when she toppled Romanian Sorana Cirstea in straight sets.
Unfortunately, she was forced to withdraw from her round of 16 clash on medical grounds.
Raducanu was No. 338 in the WTA rankings before his debut Grand Slam tournament a few months ago, but entered the top 200 thanks to his run at the All England Club.