Emma Raducanu’s US Open chances boosted as world No 1 Ash Barty suffers shock loss

Emma Raducanu: Commentators praise 'extraordinary' win

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Emma Raducanu’s hopes of continuing her stunning US Open run have been given a boost following Ash Barty’s exit from the tournament. The world No 1 was the likely next opponent for the Brit in the round of 16 but was upset by Shelby Rogers, who beat the top seed in three sets. It means Raducanu will now face the American world No 43 for a place in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Raducanu produced an astonishing display to dispatch world No 41 Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-1 in just 70 minutes in their third round match on Saturday (September 4).

The 18-year-old was close to sealing a perfect double-bagel victory as she held match point on the Spaniard’s service game in the sixth game of the second set, but Sorribes Tormo was able to get herself on the board following five deuces.

The win earned Raducanu a spot in the round of 16 in her second successive Grand Slam, as she awaited the winner of a clash between top seed and recent Wimbledon champion Ash Barty, and world No 43 Shelby Rogers.

Many expected the world No 150 to meet the world’s best player in the fourth round, in what would be her biggest test yet, but an impressive performance from Rogers sent Barty packing before the second week.

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The American got off to a quick start, taking the first set 6-2, but the world No 1 responded and forced a decider after taking the second 6-1.

After more than two hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rogers overcame the Aussie 7-5 in a final set tiebreak, resulting in a shock early exit for Barty.

It means Raducanu will now meet Rogers in the round of 16 on Monday (September 6) as she looks to go one better, having made it to the same stage at Wimbledon as a wildcard recently.

While the American is still a challenging opponent, having made the quarters in Flushing Meadows last year, the Bromley teenager has shown her ability to beat players of a similar ranking already.

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She overcame world No 49 Zhang Shuai in the second round, having lost to the Chinese tennis star just a month ago in San Jose, and got the better of 41st-ranked Sorribes Tormo.

Raducanu, who herself will now secure a spot inside the world’s top 1000 with her run to the last 16, was proud of the high level she sustained to beat the Spaniard, and will be looking to repeat her efforts when she faces Rogers.

“I was playing very well and I know Sara is a very tough opponent, she doesn’t make a mistake so you have to be on your game,” the 18-year-old said straight after her victory over Sorribes Tormo.

“I had to work so hard and there were some really long deuce games which could have gone either way.

“I am really happy that I was able to maintain and stay on it. For this one I knew the plan was I had to hit through her and hit the corners.”

The Brit is yet to drop a set through three qualifying matches and three main draw matches so far at the US Open, and appears to have won over the New York crowd who have been packing out the stands for her matches and cheering her on.

Raducanu thanked the crowd as she booked her spot in the fourth round, adding: “It has been two weeks in New York now, I never thought I’d be here so I am so excited. I am going to recover tomorrow and then back on it on Monday.

“The crowd are so amazing so I want to thank absolutely everyone.”

If she can overcome the world No 43 in the fourth round, she will then face the winner of an intriguing clash between recent Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic and 2020 Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek.
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