Emma Raducanu reveals her delight after beating Belinda Bencic to storm into the US Open semi-finals and continue her fairytale story… with tennis sensation saying she is ‘so happy’ with ‘really tough match’
- Emma Raducanu beat Belinda Bencic to reach the semi-finals of the US Open
- Raducanu, aged just 18, stormed into the final four with a straight sets victory
- She became the first qualifier in history to make that stage of the tournament
- After sealing her win, Raducanu opened up on feeling ecstatic with the result
British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has revealed her delight after reaching the US Open semi-finals and continuing her fairytale story.
Raducanu, aged just 18 but already flying high near the top of the tennis world, stormed beyond Belinda Bencic, the Olympic champion, in straight sets.
In doing so, she became the first qualifier in history to make the final four at the showpiece, and was all smiles again in her post-match interview.
Emma Raducanu has revealed her delight after reaching the US Open semi-finals in style
Britain’s newest tennis sensation Raducanu defeated Belinda Bencic to continue her fairytale
‘Of course, playing Belinda, she is such a great opponent and is in great form, she hits the ball so hard,’ Raducanu said, shortly after sealing her victory.
‘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, Will is keeping me in one piece, and I have a team back home who could not be here – I am sure they are watching, I hope!
Raducanu hailed her support team and admitted the quarter-final match-up was ‘really tough’
‘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.
Bencic took a 3-1 lead early in the first set but was left frustrated after several unforced errors
Raducanu’s win will make her the British No 1 and moves her to the brink of the world’s top 50
‘So I am just here doing what I can control and it is my own journey.’
Raducanu defeated world No 11 Bencic in 82 minutes in another superb, mature performance – and was forced to bounce back after trailing 3-1 in the first set.
She will take on the winner between Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed, and Maria Sakkari, the No 17 seed.
Her triumph will officially crown her as the British No 1, too, and takes her to the brink of the world’s top 50.