Qualifier Emma Raducanu, 18, admitted she was caught off guard by Belinda Bencic's powerful strokes but she adapted and managed to escape with a win. Raducanu, ranked at No. 150 in the world, continued her sensational US Open campaign on Wednesday.
The latest victim on Raducanu's list was Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic as the Briton saw off the Swiss 6-3 6-4 to reach the US Open semifinal. Raducanu has now won a total of eight matches at this year's US Open.
To make it even more fascinating, Raducanu has yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows. "Belinda is such a great opponent and she’s in unbelievable form. Her ball speed caught me off guard as she hits the ball so hard, I had to adjust and adapt, it was a tough match and I’m pleased to come through”.
Raducanu said in her post-match intervew, per Tennishead. “I have an amazing team here with me, they are keeping me in one piece, my team back home is amazing too. Thanks to everyone at home, I wish you could be here.
“I was 0-30 in my last couple of service games, to hold was big. I just tried to focus on each point, landing first serves and I knew Belinda would fight to the end."
Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez making some noise
Fernandez, 19, has also clinched several big wins at the US Open.
Fernandez, ranked at No. 73 in the world, beat Ashleigh Barty, Angelique Kerber and Elina Svitolina en route to making her first Grand Slam semifinal. Fernandez plays next against No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka. Raducanu is happy for herself but also for Fernandez.
“To have so many young players here doing well just shows how strong the next generation is. Leylah is doing incredibly well. This is my own journey," Raducanu added.