US Open day 10: The Emma Raducanu fan club grows as the fairytale of New York continues

Emma Raducanu salutes US Open crowd

Britain’s Emma Raducanu continued her stunning run at the US Open by beating Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

The 18-year-old from Kent has yet to drop a set in only her second grand slam event after another outstanding display against the 11th seed and reigning Olympic champion.

Raducanu will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the early hours of Friday morning for a scarcely believable place in the final.

Here we look back on a momentous day 10 at Flushing Meadows.

Picture of the day

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Raducanu’s moment of victory (Elise Amendola/AP)

Tweet(s) of the day

The fan club is growing.

Stat of the day

Raducanu is the first female qualifier to reach a US Open semi-final and the fourth female qualifier to reach any grand slam semi

Teenage kicks

Meteoric rise

Raducanu was ranked 361 in the world, and 10th in Britain, two months ago, She is projected to rise to around 50, and become British number one

That winning feeling

Quote of the day

“I think my flights were booked at the end of qualifying, so it’s a nice problem to have.” – Emma Raducanu

What else happened?

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Novak Djokovic flew through (Frank Franklin II/AP)

There was the small matter of Novak Djokovic taking the next step towards the calendar Grand Slam, coming from a set down to beat Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. He will face fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who beat Lloyd Harris of South Africa in three sets, in the semi-final. Sakkari was a 6-4 6-4 winner over Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova.

Fallen seeds

Men: Matteo Berrettini (6).
Women: Karolina Pliskova (4), Belinda Bencic (11).

Up next

Both women’s semi-finals take place at night on Arthur Ashe, with Raducanu second up at around 2am UK time after fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez takes on second seed Aryna Sabalenka. Earlier, Britain’s Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray are in action in their respective men’s doubles semi-finals.