On Monday in New York, British teenager Emma Raducanu became only the third qualifier in the history of the women’s draw at the U.S. Open by routing Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-1.
Teen Emma Raducanu Continues Run With Rout of Shelby Rogers
Raducanu, only 18 years old, won in 65 minutes against Rogers, the last remaining American female player. The winning team had 18 successful plays to just 14 miscues.
Among the qualifiers to reach this stage since the Open Era began in 1968, Raducanu joins Barbara Gerken (1981) and Kaia Kanepi (2017).
Raducanu Started The Day 0-2, But After Settling Down, He Won 12 of 13 Games.
“It means a lot to have gone out there and have performed,” Raducanu said after the show. “I knew I would have to bring my A-game today since Shelby Rogers is a very seasoned opponent.
It was a bit nerve-wracking to play there (Arthur Ashe Stadium) for the first time. I’m quite pleased with the way I was able to calm myself, gather my thoughts, and reach a new level, which ultimately led to victory.
Rogers, who had just upset number one seed Ashleigh Barty, struggled mightily against Raducanu. The ratio of her faults to her successes was 29 to 14.
Rogers admitted, “It was a challenging day at the workplace.” It was inevitable that I would fall short in front of tens of thousands of people. I guess I’ll just have to accept that.”
The eleventh-seeded Swiss player Belinda Bencic is up next for Raducanu. Bencic defeated seventh-seeded Pole Iga Swiatek 7-6 (12), 6-3, to claim the gold medal at the recent Tokyo Olympics.
As Raducanu put it, “Belinda is a tremendous player who is in excellent form, so I know I’m going to have to bring everything on Wednesday.”
During Her Victory Over Swiatek, Bencic hit 33 Winners to Just 28 Mistakes.
After 84 minutes of back-and-forth play in the opening set, Bencic won on her sixth set point. Swiatek had four set points, three of which were in the deciding set’s tiebreaker.
After winning the first set, Bencic found the second to be a cakewalk. You know that losing a set like this is incredibly frustrating, so it’s mentally crucial,” Bencic said.
Compared to His 26 Miscues, Swiatek had 31 Triumphs.
Fourth-seeded After a 7-5, 6-4 victory over 14th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Czech player Karolina Pliskova reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the fourth time in her career.
Both Pliskova and Pavlyuchenkova had 24 winners and 24 errors, but Pavlyuchenkova made nearly twice as many errors (34) as Pliskova did (19).
Pliskova’s next opponent is Greece’s No. 17 seed Maria Sakkari, who defeated Canada’s No. 6 seed Bianca Andreescu in a late-night thriller. 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-3. The struggle lasted for for 3.5 hours, concluding at 2:15 a.m. ET.