Emma Raducanu eases into US Open quarter-finals
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Emma Raducanu’s fine form at the US Open has wowed Eurosport pundits Mats Wilander and Alex Corretja. The 18-year-old burst onto the scene at Wimbledon earlier in the year. And she’s now just three victories away from Grand Slam glory.
Raducanu was excellent on Monday, recovering from a shaky start to beat Rogers 6-2, 6-1 in front of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.
And it means her sensational run at the US Open has now been extended, with the Brit taking the competition by storm.
Now in the last eight, Raducanu is just three matches away from the first Grand Slam triumph of her career.
And Eurosport pundit Wilander has hailed the teenager, insisting her performances in the wake of her Wimbledon heartache are ‘nearly an impossibility’.
“It’s an amazing performance,” he said.
“Seriously, if I had not watched any of her matches – after what happened at Wimbledon and the pressure she’s been under since then – I would have said this was an impossibility.
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“Watching her play, she is so calm, she moves so well, she just loves being out there.
“Raducanu moves as well as any player out there, and it doesn’t look like you can make her tired either.
“I think everyone is going to have to step on the gas and they are going to have to go for a little more than they normally have to against the other players on tour.
“So I think Raducanu has a serious chance here.”
Corretja was in agreement, too, expressing a belief that she’s blowing her opponents away.
“She is moving too well for her opponents,” he said.
“She is going too fast, and the intensity she is creating is way too high.
“I think she is not missing too much, and at the same time, she is finding winners – on return and on serve.
“Because she is young she just goes for it, and maybe veterans feel a bit more pressure going against her.
“Seeing she is so dangerous, it is a really difficult combination for her opponents.”
Raducanu said after her win over Rogers that she’s ‘confident and happy’ with her performances at the US Open so far.
“Yeah, I think the scorelines are quite irrelevant because the matches and the dynamic and the games, a lot are going to deuce,” said the teenager.
“Those long games, like, one can win them, but it’s such a tight match. It’s very difficult to call.
“I’m feeling very confident and happy with how I’m performing out here in the States.
“I feel like I’m building with each match. I’m really excited to see what I can do on Wednesday.”
And she also admitted she loved playing in front of American fans, despite Rogers being one of their own.
“Yeah, I mean, I was really grateful to have actually received quite a lot of support out there on Ashe, playing an American,” she said.
“I could hear a lot of chants, like people saying, C’mon, Emma, and my name.
“That meant a lot to me to have received that amount of support out on Ashe playing someone who is the home, like, player.
“I know being the home player brings a lot of motivation.
“Shelby has definitely had a great tournament. She played extremely well here last year.
“I’m super grateful for all the support that I received in my whole time in New York. Even from my first-round qualifying match when there weren’t any spectators, I still had a couple of people supporting.
“It’s kind of built, so I’m really, really appreciative.”
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