US Open 2021: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu reaches semi-finals on her debut, defeats Olympic Champion Belinda Bencic in straight sets

US Open 2021: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu reaches semi-finals, defeats Belinda Bencic in straight sets
US Open 2021: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu reaches semi-finals, defeats Belinda Bencic in straight sets

US Open 2021 – Emma Raducanu in Semis: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu reaches semi-finals, defeats Belinda Bencic in straight sets- British 18-year-old sensation Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to reach the US Open women’s semi-finals by defeating Switzerland’s Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday. World number 150 Raducanu, only the fourth qualifier to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, will face the winner of Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova, this year’s Wimbledon runner-up, and Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari.

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US Open 2021 – Emma Raducanu in Semis: British teenager Emma Raducanu produced yet another exquisite performance to become the first qualifier to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals on Wednesday, defeating Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Down an early break, the Briton recovered swiftly to win four straight games to close out the first set in which she had seven forehand winners and three aces.

Like Raducanu, Bencic had reached the last eight without dropping a set in Flushing Meadows but on Wednesday she struggled with her first serve and misfired a pair of costly double faults in the opening set.

US Open 2021: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu reaches semi-finals, defeats Belinda Bencic in straight sets

Raducanu maintained her momentum in the second set, fending off three break points in the second game.

A frustrated Bencic handed Raducanu a break with a double fault in the fifth game and her frustration boiled over as the match progressed, with the Swiss smacking her racket to the ground.

Down 0-30 in her final two service games, Raducanu kept her nerve on both occasions and soaked up the cheers of the New York crowd after triumphing in a nine-shot rally on the final point.

“Playing Belinda – she’s such a great opponent,” Raducanu said. “Her ball speed definitely caught me off guard because she hits the ball so hard.”

US Open 2021: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu reaches semi-finals, defeats Belinda Bencic in straight sets

US Open 2021 – Emma Raducanu in Semis: The 18-year-old, who reached the Wimbledon fourth round on her Grand Slam debut just two months ago, has so far won all 16 sets she has played from qualifying through to the semi-finals.

She is the second teenager to make an impact in the women’s draw this week as 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez has also reached the last four.

To have so many young players here doing so well just shows how strong the next generation is,” added Raducanu, who delighted a number of young fans by taking selfies with them before she walked off the court.

“Everyone is on their trajectory. I’m just here taking care of what I can control, and it’s my own journey at the end of the day.”

US Open 2021: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu reaches semi-finals, defeats Belinda Bencic in straight sets