Raducanu THROUGH to the US Open semi-finals after beating Bencic
Emma Raducanu THROUGH to the US Open semi-finals as British teen puts in another stunning display to dispatch Olympic champion Belinda Bencic… and she STILL hasn’t dropped a set!
- Emma Raducanu has reached the semi-finals of her fairytale US Open journey
- Raducanu, aged 18, beat Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 with a mature performance
- She has become the first qualifier in history to make the last four of the event
- The teenage Brit was playing the highest-ranked opponent she has ever faced
- She will face either Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed, or No 17 seed Maria Sakkari in the last four on Thursday night
The Emma Raducanu roll continued in spectacular fashion as she stormed past Olympic champion Belinda Bencic and into the US Open semi-finals.
The 18-year-old from Kent becomes the first qualifier in history to make the last four at this event after beating the Swiss 6-3, 6-4 in 82 minutes.
Notably managing better when playing into the sun than her opponent, it was another astonishingly mature performance, playing against the highest-ranked opponent she has ever faced.
Emma Raducanu’s US Open dream continued as she beat Belinda Bencic to reach the last four
Raducanu stormed beyond Olympic champion Bencic in just 82 minutes in the New York sun
Tackling the world No 11, she produced another sequence of games to turn a match around, recovering from 3-1 down in the first set.
‘Playing Belinda, she is such a great opponent and her ball speed definitely caught me off guard, I had to adjust and adapt,’ she said. ‘I’m so glad to have come through.
‘I was 0-30 in my last couple of service games. I was just trying to focus on what I could control, I knew she would fight until the end.’
Teenage sensation Raducanu is the first qualifier in history to reach the event’s semi-finals
Bencic eased into a 3-1 lead in the first set but became frustrated after several unforced errors
She was left awaiting the winner of Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed, and No 17 seed Maria Sakkari.
The win takes her to the brink of the world’s top 50 and will make her officially the British No 1, having started Wimbledon ranked 338.
Radacanu had begun nervously, her groundstroke timing off and broken at the start as she had been in her previous round.
Bencic can be of undulating temperament but looked supremely assured up until 3-1, when the British teenager began to relax into the match while her opponent, out of the blue, became increasingly tight.
Raducanu shook off her nerves to take control of the match and played some superb tennis
Bencic couldn’t turn the momentum of the tie despite looking assured early in the first set
Having levelled, Raducanu played perhaps her best point of the tournament at 4-3 and deuce, carving out a frantic rally which resulted in a second break point. It was clinched by a forehand pass against the increasingly frazzled Swiss.
Bencic took a toilet break at the end of the set, although at just over two minutes it was not long enough to change the momentum in itself.
Raducanu got ahead by holding serve and then breaking down at the more difficult end where the sun was in her eyes.
She held again from 0-30 at 4-3 with superb serving under pressure, and did the same thing at 5-4 to close it out.
Raducanu’s win will make her officially the British No 1 and also saw her close in on the top 50
Bencic hit her racket into the ground midway through the second set as the tie slipped away
Re-live how Emma Raducanu reached semi-finals with Sportsmail‘s DANIEL DAVIS…
Wow. The fairytale story continues! Emma Raducanu has reached the semi-finals of the US Open.
She was a qualifier and is aged just 18, but this remarkable journey will go on for at least a few more days.
Bencic was erratic for that final game, seemingly stuck in two minds between shots, and Raducanu capitalised in style.
Her spot in the final four was sealed when Bencic’s sliced forehand found the net.
Bencic holds her serve, but must now break to prevent herself from being knocked out.
Raducanu is all set for the biggest game of her life. Penny for her thoughts?
Raducanu is just one game away from the US Open semi-finals!
She shrugged off a double fault cleverly, reducing the speed on her serve to outwit Bencic, who then sent two forehands long for 30-30.
After that, it was all about the composure from Raducanu, who won five straight points to hold her serve.
Bencic hammered her racket into the ground midway through the game, showing her frustration as this game slips away from her.
What a hold from Bencic. All of the Olympic champion’s class came through there.
She was more adventurous, hovering around the net and making Raducanu work hard from left to right.
There wasn’t much wrong from Raducanu at all, it was just the brilliance from Bencic that proved the difference there.
Back to Raducanu on her serve, and with the advantage still.
A giant leap towards the semi-finals for Raducanu, there, and Bencic is looking a bit puzzled at the moment.
Raducanu raced to 40-0, leaving her opponent angrily gesturing up to her box, but then found herself dragged back into trouble.
Any concerns were soon waved away, however, with a deflection off the tape by Bencic sending Raducanu two games in front.
It’s another break for Raducanu, and she leads again! That is massive.
She was made to dash behind the baseline to meet a forehand, but Bencic pounced to hook the ball back into the empty space.
Raducanu then fired of a fine forehand return winner to rack up two break points.
That advantage was handed to her by Bencic, who was guilty of another double fault.
Raducanu fights back again. She moved to 30-0 on her serve, but was helpless to stop a forehand winner from Bencic.
Bencic then left Raducanu rooted again with a fine disguised backhand, but the teenager responded with a classy ace that touched the line.
A strong hold, indeed.
Bencic was not messing around for that service game.
She reeled that one of with no bother at all to take the lead in this second set.
No drama at all, with Bencic picking up a good rhythm and holding to love.
That really was brilliant from Raducanu, who fought back from three break points.
A backhand winner driven down the line from the Brit raised a round of applause from the crowd, which came after two poor groundstrokes.
Raducanu’s stellar serve brought up deuce, and a reverse forehand followed up that let Bencic stranded in the other direction.
A forehand sent long by Bencic saw Raducanu hold.
A big hold of serve from Bencic, but she was made to work incredibly hard for it.
Another double fault saw Raducanu handed a glimmer, but Bencic gambled when her opponent approached the net to pull off a superb pass.
The good response was sealed by Bencic with a string of impressive points.
There’s the first set, and it’s gone to Raducanu!
She found herself 3-1 down early on and facing up to some understandable jitters, but rallied back in style to asset her dominance.
Raducanu then took the next five games in a row to wrap up the first set, and she looks like she’s bursting with confidence at the moment.
Here we go for the second set…
WOW! That is simply special from Raducanu, and both players in fairness after the longest rally of the match so far with 20 shots.
Bencic was forced to race in towards the net, but Raducanu finished her off with a dreamy forehand down the line after a stroke of luck.
The angle was perfect and the depth was even better. She will now serve for the opening set.
A few unforced errors have slipped into Bencic’s game now, and Raducanu is riding the wave of support from the crowd.
She has taken the lead for the first time this evening, despite sending a shot a little long for 0-30.
But from there, she got off the mark with a superb second serve, and levelled at 30-30 with a ‘come on’ gesture.
Raducanu held with a looping forehand arrowed deep to Bencic. Brilliant tennis.
We’re level in this quarter-final – and the frustration was evident from Bencic after Raducanu took the point after deuce to break back.
The teenager battled away shot for shot and made it all square when Bencic netted a backhand from a fierce Raducanu return.
She also came out on top in the longest rally of the match so far, a lengthy exchange from baseline to baseline.
Easily Raducanu’s best game so far, and she’s one behind.
It was more composed, with some intelligent shots seeing her take the game to Bencic.
Her serve is also notably better now, so there’s reasons to be optimistic for her so far.
Bencic fired off target to allow Raducanu to hold to love, with sparking a rousing reception from the crowd.
Raducanu is just unable to really assert herself so far, and has been guilty of a few unforced errors.
Bencic then holds comfortably to love with a swing volley winner.
A very important point for Raducanu, there.
That was better from the teenager, despite Bencic again looking to force her onto the backfoot at every available opportunity.
Raducanu picked out the line with a backhand winner crosscourt to make it 40-0, but Bencic hauled it back despite the two game points.
A wayward service return from Bencic’s forehand chalks up the point.
Another solid game there from Bencic, who looks to have gained confidence, too.
Raducanu picked up a lovely winner, firing a forehand down the line for 15-15, but Bencic capitalised on a forehand into the net and an unforced error.
She then held when Raducanu again netted a forehand while on the move.
That’s a very strong start from Bencic, although some early nerves were definitely on display from Raducanu.
Bencic opened up three break points rapidly, thanks to some big hitting and impressive returns on the service.
She then sealed the break after Raducanu found the net with a forehand.
The stage is set. How are your nerves, Emma Raducanu?
Let’s get this quarter-final underway, shall we?
Emma Raducanu was handed a huge reception from the crowd as she made her way out onto the Arthur Ashe.
Her opponent, Belinda Bencic, was just behind her, and wasn’t quite afforded the same fanfare as the youngster.
It’s almost time…
Andy Murray has enjoyed success at the US Open, after winning the 2012 edition, and believes Emma Raducanu can take a step closer to the title.
Speaking to Amazon Prime from his home in London, he said:
‘What Emma has done so far in the tournament is incredible, the ease with she has won her matches so far has been surprising for everyone.
‘It’s an opportunity for her today.
‘Bencic is playing extremely well and coming in with a lot of confidence on the back of the Olympics but if you look at her results up to the Olympics they have not been that impressive – especially in the Slams.
‘Her three losses in the Slams have been comfortable losses.
‘So it’s a tough match but Bencic is someone who is beatable if Emma plays like she has been.’
This is all set to be a very difficult task for Emma Raducanu but, in the city where dreams are made, the backdrop is set for another superb memory.
Do you think she can do it? Let us know your predictions in the comments!
Me? I’m feeling another upset…
As we approach the start of this match, this is a perfect time to look back on just how far Emma Raducanu has come.
At the end of 2018, she was ranked 692nd in the world, aged just 15.
Then, up she climbed, moving into 503rd and 343rd by the close of 2020.
She also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, a superb feat that saw her rocket into 179th.
Now, she stands at 150 – and, remarkably, will rise into at least 74th when the rankings are refreshed.
Raducanu could even become the British No 1, ahead of Johanna Konta and Heather Watson, with another victory today.
Arantsa Rus 6-4, 6-4
Martina Trevisan – 6-3, 6-1
Jessica Pegula – 6-2, 6-4
Iga Swiatek – 7-6 (14-12), 6-3
Bencic sits at No 12 in the world rankings and will surely prove Raducanu’s toughest test yet.
Stefanie Vogele – 6-2, 6-3
Zhang Shuai – 6-2, 6-4
Sara Sorribes Tormo – 6-0, 6-1
Shelby Rogers – 6-2, 6-1
She has, incredibly, lost the least amount of games than anyone else left in the women’s final eight, despite being a qualifier.
Tim Henman was similarly glowing in his praise of Emma Raducanu after she responded to a tough start against Shelby Rogers to win.
Raducanu started the last tie in shaky, having been broken immediately before then losing two games in a row.
But she was able to shake off her nerves to win 12 of the next 13 games and clinch a spot in this evening’s quarter-final.
After her latest triumph, Henman said he ‘didn’t expect’ Raducanu to rally like she did, and said her performance was ‘incredible’.
To read the full story, follow the link below.
High praise, indeed! For Virginia Wade, watching Emma Raducanu in action brought with it excitement, but also just a little bit of caution.
After all, it is Raducanu who has now been tipped to go on to try and match her own success, and Wade is expected to watch on again today.
The two briefly spoke after Raducanu sealed her spot in the last eight, and Wade clearly believes in the youngster’s potential to reach the top.
Raducanu was something of an unknown quantity earlier this summer, but now everyone, including Wade, is closely analysing her game.
For more on what Wade had to say about her compatriot, click the link below.
Hello, all! Welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Emma Raducanu’s quarter-final tie at the US Open.
She takes on Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic with a place in the final four at stake in what has been a fairytale tournament for her.
Be honest, who saw this coming? It has been nothing short of a meteoric rise for the young British tennis sensation, who is unseeded.
Last time out, she roared to victory over home favourite Shelby Rogers, winning 11 games in a row, and will look to go one better tonight.
It will be a very tough ask but, as we’ve already seen, anything is possible when Raducanu is involved!
The match will get underway at 5pm BST, and until then we’ll bring you all the latest news and build-up.
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