The 18-year-old has been in scintillating form at this year’s US Open, and reached the fourth round on her debut in the tournament with a stunning victory over Spain’s world number 41 Sara Sorribes Tormo on Saturday. The win will set up a mouth-watering tie with home favourite Shelby Rogers on Monday, as the Briton aims to continue her brilliant breakthrough at Flushing Meadows. Entering the tournament as a qualifier, the Bromley-based sportswoman had already beaten Stefanie Vogele and Zhang Shuai to make it to the third round.
Reflecting on her performance, Raducanu said: “I was playing very well.
“I know Sara is an extremely tough opponent who doesn’t make it easy so you have to be on your game every single point.
“You have to work really hard. I am just really happy I was able to maintain my level and really stay on it at the end.”
Much has been made of the teen sensation’s season so far, with the tennis player first coming to prominence with a brilliant run to the same stage of the competition at Wimbledon earlier this year.
And prior to that event, even royalty were backing her to win the tournament before she made her stunning breakthrough.
In a throwback tweet, Kensington Palace – home of William and Kate – sent their message of support, stating: “Unbiased prediction to win it: @andy_murray and @EmmaRaducanu #Wimbledon.”
Raducanu’s run at Wimbledon was cruelly ended as she was forced to retire mid-match during the second set of her tie with Ajla Tomljanović.
Canadian-born Raducanu’s decision to retire sparked a fierce debate, with former champion John McEnroe questioning her “mental” toughness, arguing it had been “little bit too much” for her.
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The former world number one said: “I feel bad for Emma, obviously. It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here.
“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it. Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience.”
His comments have been condemned by many, including Dr Alex George, an A&E doctor, who tweeted: “I didn’t realise John McEnroe was medically qualified or that he has X-ray vision!”
Earlier this year, Andy Murray’s coach Jamie Delgado also spoke of how confidence British tennis has in Raducanu and her ability.
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He noted: “When there’s lockdowns and players have been struggling to get their number of matches up, I think weeks like that really do help with that gap and make up for the lack of tournaments they’ve played.
“Someone like Emma is a great player regardless, but she would have played seven good matches a week and that will tick her over for a bit. She beat Harriet Dart there last year and generally played well. It was a really good week for her.
“Everyone in British tennis knows that Emma is an excellent player. We have seen her at the NTC practising and she is practising with better players. She has always been doing well, so from that side of things we’re not surprised by how good she is.
“To go out into Wimbledon – the biggest tournament in the world – to be so confident and engage with the crowd and back it up with a few good matches, I think that was brilliant to see for everyone.”