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British teen Emma Raducanu through to US Open semi-finals

British teen Emma Raducanu is through to the US Open tennis semi-finals after beating Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in straight sets.

The 18-year-old British tennis player beat world number 12 and Olympic gold medallist Bencic 6-3, 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

Emma Raducanu during her quarterfinal singles match against Belinda Bencic at the US Open. Pic: Ap
Image: Emma Raducanu during her quarter-final singles match against Belinda Bencic at the US Open. Pic: Ap

Raducanu, who is ranked 150, became the first qualifier in US Open history to reach the last four and the youngest ever British player to reach this stage of the competition in the Open era.

Today’s match was also the first time the teenager has faced a top-30 opponent.

She broke 11th seed Bencic once in the first set and twice in the second and made few unforced errors.

After the match, Raducanu said on Amazon Prime: “I am so happy to come through and thank you so much for all your support today.”

The teenager called Bencic “a great opponent”, adding that, “it was a really tough match”.

“I have an absolutely amazing team and I have a team back home who could not be here – I am sure they are watching, I hope!”

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a backhand against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland (not pictured) on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Image: Emma Raducanu hits a backhand against Belinda Bencic.

Raducanu won the opening set 6-3 after making a tentative start, losing her opening service game and falling 2-0 behind.

However, she held her nerve and broke back in the sixth game to draw level at 3-3.

A superb forehand winner gave her another break point in the eighth game, which she clinched it with the help of a net-cord in the next rally.

Emma Raducanu’s road to the US open semi-finals

In the first round, Raducanu beat Swiss player Stefanie Vögele 6-2 6-3.

The teenager won straight sets in the second round against Zhang Shuai of China with 6-2 6-4.

Raducanu lost just one game in her match against Spanish player Sara Sorribes Tormo, with the final score 6-0 6-1.

Round four saw the 18-year-old sweep to victory against American Shelby Rogers in straight sets of 6-2 6-1, making her the youngest ever British player to get through to a US Open quarter-final.

Defying expectations, Raducanu beat Swiss player Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-4, making history as the first ever US open qualifier to make it through to the semi-finals.

In the second set, Raducanu sealed her second break of the match as Bencic buckled with a double fault.

The final game saw the Brit double-fault to trail 0-30 but she then won the next two points and delivered an ace to give her match point.

Raducanu secured her place in the quarter-final after beating American Shelby Rogers in straight sets on Monday, winning their fourth round clash 6-2 6-1.

She headed into the match having dropped only 15 games in four main-draw matches.

The Kent teenager won legions of fans for her performance at this year’s Wimbledon where, as as a wildcard entry ranked 361st, she defied expectations to make it to round four.

Although her winning streak ended in unfortunate circumstances when she struggled with breathing problems and had to retire.

Raducanu hugs Bencic after their match.
Image: Raducanu hugs Bencic after their match.

Raducanu is the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 to reach at least the fourth round of her first two grand slam tournaments.

She was born in Toronto in 2002 to a Chinese mother and Romanian father and the family moved over to England when she was two.