From qualifier to the semi-final: A closer look at Emma Raducanu’s meteoric rise to flawless US Open run
British teenager Emma Raducanu has become the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals of the US Open by beating Belinda Bencic in straight sets.
The 18-year-old from Kent won her quarter-final against the 11th seed 6-3, 6-4 and will also become the British women’s number one.
Here we take a closer look at Raducanu.
WHAT A MOMENT 👏
— wta (@WTA) September 8, 2021
In June this year, Raducanu was 361st in the world rankings and arrived at Wimbledon having played just one senior tour-level match. It was a stunning Grand Slam debut as the wildcard reached the fourth round at SW19, but her exploits in New York have put that in the shade. She had climbed to 150 in the rankings before the first of her three qualifying matches and an eighth win will now lift her to the brink of the top 50.
Yet to drop a set
The summer of dreams continues for @EmmaRaducanu 💫
The 18-year-old advanced to the semifinals of a major for the first time, defeating Bencic 6-3, 6-4.
Full match report ⬇️
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2021
Raducanu’s stunning progress is even more remarkable given she has yet to drop a set in a total of eight matches. She defeated Holland’s Bibiane Schoofs, Georgia’s Mariam Bolkvadze and Egypt’s Mayar Sherif in her three qualifiers and in the main draw has beaten Swiss Stefanie Vogele, China’s Zhang Shuai, Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, American Shelby Rogers and Bencic, all in straight sets.
Raducanu was born in Toronto in 2002 to a Chinese mother and Romanian father and the family moved over to England when she was two. Although she has lived in London, she has fond memories of going to see her grandmother in Romania. She said: “My grandma, Mamiya, still lives in central Bucharest. I go back a couple of times a year, stay with her, see her. It’s really nice. I love the food, to be honest. I mean, the food is unbelievable. And my grandma’s cooking is also something special. I do have ties to Bucharest.”
A sporting youth
It was perhaps inevitable Raducanu would have a career in professional sport, given the way her father pushed her as a youngster. She started off attending ballet classes, but her father decided sport was the way forward and had his daughter do horse riding, swimming, tap dancing, basketball, skiing, golf, go-karting and motocross, all alongside her tennis practice.
A recent debut
An opportunity to reach the #USOpen semifinals awaits
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2021
It is incredible to think that Raducanu only made her first WTA Tour main draw appearance at this year’s Nottingham Open. She lost 6-4, 6-3 to compatriot Harriet Dart in the first round before making the quarter-finals of a lower-level tournament at the same venue the following week. That persuaded Wimbledon to offer her a wild card into the main draw and she went on to become the youngest British woman to reach the second week at SW19 in the Open era.
Novak Djokovic news: Serb makes first public appearance since being deported
Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australian has been…
Nick Kyrgios news: John McEnroe makes lavish claim about the Aussie maverick
McEnroe believes Kyrgios may be blessed with more talent than any other player in the game over the last decade,=.
Naomi Osaka news: ‘I’m not sure we’re going to see the great Naomi Osaka again,’ says former world No 1
Mats Wilander and John McEnroe on Naomi Osaka’s playing future.
Dan Evans news: Brit admits he ‘panicked on the court’ during defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime
“They’re probably regretting wasting two hours of their time,” he joked about Andy Murray and co.
Aryna Sabalenka news: ‘Only 10 double faults’ as Belarusian laughs off her serving woes
The world No 2 has racked up 80 double faults in just five matches in 2022.
Stefanos Tsitsipas news: ‘Stefanos did not know that he had won the match’
Zoned in Stefanos Tstitsipas oblivious that he won the match.
Australian Open news: Dan Evans defeat signals the end of British singles hopes at Melbourne
Ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime ran out a comfortable win over over Dan Evans.
Daniil Medvedev news: Russian rolls on and teases crowd about ‘ups and downs’ of their relationship
Daniil Medvedev enjoying his relationship with the Australian fans.
Alize Cornet news: Heated exchange followed by brilliant interview and crowd singing happy birthday
All in a day’s work for Alize Cornet at the Australian Open.
Simona Halep: Former world No 1 getting ‘close’ to her best level as she marches on in Melbourne
Simona Halep in good nick at the Australian Open.