Radacanu storms into US Open semis
Radacanu storms into US Open semis

Kent teenager Emma Raducanu continued her astonishing run at the US Open by reaching the semi-finals with a stunning 6-3 6-4 victory over Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

The 18-year-old from Bromley, continued her dream run at Flushing Meadows by sending Swiss favourite Bencic packing to become only the third woman to reach the semi-finals of the US Open ranked outside the top 100, joining Kim Clijsters in 2009 and Billie Jean King in 1979.

It is also the first time a qualifier has reached the women’s semi-finals in New York.

After the match, Raducanu said: “Of course, playing Belinda, she is such a great opponent and is in great form, she hits the ball so hard, I had to adjust and adapt and it was a really tough match. I am so happy to come through and thank you so much for all your support today.

“I have an absolutely amazing team and I have a team back home who could not be here – I am sure they are watching, I hope!

“Thank you so much everyone, I wish you could be here with me but everything we have been working for has shown here.

“It was 0-30 in my last couple of service games so to hold was pretty big, it was one point at a time and trying to focus on what I can control – Belinda was going to fight to the end but I am really pleased to come through that.

“To have so many young players here doing so well shows how strong the next generation is – everyone is on their trajectory, so I am just here doing what I can control and it is my own journey.”

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