Emma Raducanu makes tennis history in 'insane' moment at US Open

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Emma Raducanu, pictured here after reaching her first grand slam quarter-final at the US Open.
Emma Raducanu has stormed into her first grand slam quarter-final at the US Open. Image: Getty

Emma Raducanu has stunned the tennis world again at the US Open, marching into her first grand slam quarter-final at age 18.

Raducanu became the youngest British player to reach the quarter-finals in New York in the Open era, thrashing Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-1 on Monday.

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Rogers had shocked World No.1 Ash Barty in the third round on Saturday, but was no match for teen phenom Raducanu.

The British qualifier, who reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in June before retiring against Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic, reeled off 11-consecutive games after falling behind 0-2 early.

She is the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 to reach at least the fourth round of her first two grand slam tournaments.

She is also just the third qualifier to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open ever.

"I'm so happy to have managed to come through and overcome some of the nerves at the beginning," she said.

Virginia Wade, the most recent British woman to win the US Open back in 1968, watched as 150th-ranked Raducanu dismantked 43rd-ranked American Rogers in 66 minutes.

"Thank you so much," an over-the-moon Raducanu said. 

"You're an absolute legend so I'm really honoured to have had you here watching my match."

The 18-year-old's remarkable feats have once again sent the tennis world into meltdown, with fans and commentators in awe.

Emma Raducanu sets up clash with Belinda Bencic

Raducanu will now face Belinda Bencic in the quarter-finals after the Swiss Olympic champion survived a punishing first-set tie-break to defeat seventh seed Iga Swiatek 7-6 (12-7) 6-3.

Bencic and Swiatek battled through the 23-minute tie-break under hot and sunny conditions inside Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday with Swiatek's 5-2 lead in the breaker evaporating when Bencic won four straight points.

Bencic, seeded 11th, got the early momentum in the second set after breaking in the fourth game as Swiatek, who won the French Open in 2020, began to fade.

Emma Raducanu, pictured here being congratulated by Shelby Rogers after their match at the US Open.
Emma Raducanu is congratulated by Shelby Rogers after their match at the US Open. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

"In the tie-break it's always a little bit about luck," Bencic said. 

"I started the second set a little bit more relaxed."

An exhausted Bencic raised her hands in triumph after two hours and seven minutes, reaching her third US Open quarter-final in the hunt for a maiden major after triumphing in Tokyo.

"I feel like I'm tested every match," she said. "Definitely today it was more challenging for me."

Swiatek beat Bencic in their only prior meeting in February's Adelaide final, but the Swiss hasn't dropped a set this week and has been broken only three times.

"I've improved my game a lot," Bencic said. "I'm glad to turn it around and get through."

Elsewhere, fellow Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev stretched his winning streak to 15 matches by beating Italian 13th seed Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7).

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