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History making Raducanu through to US Open semi-finals


The Emma Raducanu roll continued in spectacular fashion as she stormed past Olympic champion Belinda Bencic and into the US Open semi-finals.

The 18-year-old from Kent becomes the first qualifier in history to make the last four at this event after beating the Swiss 6-3, 6-4 in 82 minutes.

Notably managing better when playing into the sun than her opponent, it was another astonishingly mature performance, playing against the highest-ranked opponent she has ever faced.

Tackling the world No 11, she produced another sequence of games to turn a match around, recovering from 3-1 down in the first set.

Raducanu cruising gradually to the top

‘Playing Belinda, she is such a great opponent and her ball speed definitely caught me off guard, I had to adjust and adapt,’ she said. ‘I’m so glad to have come through.

‘I was 0-30 in my last couple of service games. I was just trying to focus on what I could control; I knew she would fight until the end.’

She was left awaiting the winner of Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed, and No 17 seed Maria Sakkari, on Thursday night.

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The win takes her to the brink of the world’s top 50 and will make her officially the British No 1, having started Wimbledon ranked 338.

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