The most inexperienced players also looked the foremost comfortable within the first week of the U.S. Open. Starting within the qualifying draw, Emma Raducanu of England has won all seven of her matches in straight sets, without having a tiebreaker in any of them. Her most up-to-date wins are her most emphatic. She beat 41st-ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday to succeed in the round of 16. On Monday, Raducanu routed the 43rd-ranked American Shelby Rogers, 6-2, 6-1.
Raducanu’s run through the primary four rounds within the main draw has put her in elite company. She has only lost 15 games in her first four matches, the fewest since Serena Williams lost 13 in her first four matches on the way to the title in 2013. Raducanu said her score lines were “irrelevant” and didn’t reflect the problem of some longer battles within games, but said she was pleased together with her progress. “I’m feeling very confident and proud of how I’m performing out here within the States,” Raducanu said Monday. “I desire I’m building with each match, and I’m really excited to ascertain what I can do on Wednesday.”
Raducanu was the third 18-year-old to succeed in the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Open, joining Leylah Fernandez and Carlos Alcaraz. Raducanu will face recent Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic on Wednesday for a spot within the semifinals. “To have numerous young players coming through is simply really great for the sport because it just shows how strong this next generation is,” Raducanu said. “Having numerous young players and 18-year-olds, I feel we all inspire one another to play better. Because like on behalf of me today, I wanted to hitch them within the second week also, in order that was an additional little bit of motivation.”
Though Raducanu won her early matches far away from the most important courts where Fernandez and Alcaraz broke through, she has proved no less popular at the tournament. After her press conference on Saturday, she spent over an hour doing interviews, signing autographs, and taking selfies. On Monday, after her first match in Ashe Stadium, she knelt on the court and took selfies with fans. Raducanu, who was born in Toronto to a Romanian father and Chinese mother, now represents Britain. She was ranked outside the highest 300 when she made a surprise run to the fourth round of Wimbledon as a wild card in her slam debut, becoming a national celebrity within the process. That tournament ended on a down note, however, when she was forced to abandon her fourth-round match after she had trouble breathing.
“Having played like four, five weeks on the tour now, I feel that with hebdomadally I’m getting more and more familiar with the physical demands of playing at this level,” Raducanu said. “Yeah, I feel I’m improving.” While Raducanu remained the foremost buzzed about player after Wimbledon, lining up new endorsements within the process, she continued to enhance far away from the spotlight. After Wimbledon she played the maximum amount as she could, winding her way from San Jose to Landisville, Pa., to Chicago before arriving in ny for her first qualifying match. but two months after Wimbledon, Raducanu is about to interrupt well into the highest 100 and is recuperating by the round.
Her convert Sorribes Tormo, who plays a grueling brand of tennis and who knocked top-ranked Ashleigh Barty out of the Tokyo Olympics, was poised, precise, and patient. Though Raducanu prefers playing first-strike tennis, she held her own in long exchanges with Sorribes Tormo, who pushed the typical rally length to over six shots. Her convert Rogers was dominant and economical. Against Rogers, who had upset Barty within the third round, Raducanu thrived in shorter exchanges, with rallies averaging only 3.08 shots. Despite different opponents, the common denominator has been Raducanu’s dominance — the longest of her wins within the main draw took only an hour and 22 minutes.
“I’m extremely fresh; I haven’t really played on the road for the entire year,” Raducanu said Saturday. “This whole experience is simply so new me; I feel that’s the enjoyment factor that I’m getting.” “Honestly, I feel with the number of matches I even have played and therefore the experience that I even have accumulated within the last four, five weeks, my game is simply recuperating with each match,” Raducanu said.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Raducanu trained at the tennis Association’s National Tennis Center in London, working with Coach Mark Petchey after Philippe Dehaes was unable to return to England due to travel restrictions. Petchey picked up where Dehaes left off in reconstructing Raducanu’s forehand, changing her grip and adding more topspin to the shot. He also tested racket models together with her, ultimately choosing an extended Wilson racket to offer her shots more pop. While her game needed work, Petchey was impressed by her attitude and commitment, which he equated thereupon of another player he has worked with: Andy Murray. “Her attitude toward training and practice was, doubtless, equally good as, say, Andy’s,” Petchey said. “I didn’t have one session together with her therein period where it had been anything but everything she had.”