'Can't believe it': Emma Raducanu stuns again in US Open shocker

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Emma Raducanu, pictured here after storming into the third round at the US Open.
Emma Raducanu has stormed into the third round at the US Open. Image: Getty

British teenager Emma Raducanu continues to leave the tennis world in awe, advancing to the third round at the US Open on Thursday.

The 18-year-old became an instant superstar at Wimbledon when she made the fourth round in her grand slam debut.

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It ended in heartbreak when she was forced to retire against Ajla Tomljanovic after becoming overwhelmed by the situation, however she's showing the remarkable run was no fluke.

Raducanu continues to show her incredible potential at the US Open, upsetting Chinese veteran Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4 in the second round.

Raducanu was soundly beaten by Zhang in San Jose last month, but the 18-year-old turned the tables on her more-experienced opponent on Thursday.

She has now won five-straight matches after getting through qualifying to make the main draw.

“I’ve had five matches here in New York, so I feel very comfortable with the conditions and the courts,” she said after her victory.

“I’m getting more and more used to it and each round I feel I’m going for my shots more, and today I think that was evident. 

"I think I’ve come a very long way since my first qualifying match here, but also since the first tournament of this trip five weeks ago.

“Playing at the tour level for so many weeks in a row definitely builds your confidence and I’ve been fortunate enough to win quite a few matches.”

Emma Raducanu and Zhang Shuai, pictured here after their second-round match at the US Open.
Emma Raducanu and Zhang Shuai shake hands after their second-round match at the US Open. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu stuns tennis world at US Open

Raducanu is yet to drop a set in either qualifying or the main draw and showed her intentions by breaking to love in the opening game.

The teenager was superb in both attack and defence and she led by a set and 4-0 before Zhang belatedly mounted a challenge with three-straight games.

But Raducanu regrouped impressively, stopping the rot with a confident service game and showing none of the nerves that had afflicted her at the end of her first-round victory over Stefanie Voegele.

“That match meant so much to me on a personal level,” she said. “I wanted to win so, so bad.

“I knew there was going to be adversity at some point in the match and, honestly, I was 6-2 4-0 up but I was having to work so hard for every single point, and the games, they were very long and challenging.

“The scoreline was saying one thing, but the level of tennis we were both playing I think was suggesting a completely different story.

“It didn’t really bother me that she came back because I knew that she’s a great player, she’s extremely experienced, she’s going to throw everything she had at me. 

"So I’m just very proud of myself for overcoming that and managing to close it out at the end.”

Raducanu will take on Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round, with a spot in the world top 100 on the line if she can win.

Tennis fans and commentators flocked to social media in awe of Raducanu.

with agencies

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