World No. 12 Belinda Bencic showed her class after losing in the US Open quarterfinal, wishing nothing but the best to rising British star Emma Raducanu. Bencic, seeded at No. 11, couldn't find a way to beat US Open sensation Raducanu as the Briton handled the Swiss in straight sets 6-3 6-4 to reach her maiden Grand Slam semifinal.
Raducanu, 18, has now won a total of eight matches at this year's US Open. So far, world No. 150 Raducanu has won three qualifying matches and five main draw matches. Bencic is also happy for 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez, who has also been through to the US Open semifinal.
"It's great for tennis. I just really hope that everyone will protect them & hope the best for them & not put so much pressure & hype around them so it just gets too much. I just hope everyone will really hope the best for them so they develop in peace," Bencic said of Raducanu and Fernandez, per WTA Insider.
Raducanu spoke highly of Bencic
Bencic, a former world No. 4, was hoping to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open after capturing her maiden gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Raducanu saw off Bencic in straight sets but spoke positively of the Swiss after the match.
"Yeah, you know, I'm so pleased to have come through that. Belinda is such a great opponent and she's an Olympic gold medallist, which is probably one of the biggest events in sport," Raducanu said after the match.
"She's a great player, and I knew it's going to be an extremely difficult match. It took me some adjusting at the beginning to get used to her ball speed, yeah, how aggressive she was. Once I adjusted, I settled in.
I didn't overpress as much. "Yeah, I found a way to win, but it was very difficult to play against someone at such a high level."