'Holy s**t': Tennis world in disbelief over teen's US Open feat

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Emma Raducanu (pictured) smiling after winning her third round US Open match.
Emma Raducanu (pictured) produced a near flawless display to advance to the US Open fourth round. (Getty Images)

British teen superstar Emma Raducanu created history at the US Open after a near flawless display against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo.

The 18-year-old Raducanu, who burst onto the scene earlier this year by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam appearance, was utterly dominant against Sorribes Tormo, closing out the one-sided match 6-0, 6-1 in 70 minutes.

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The rising star became the youngest British woman to advance to round four of the US Open since 2012 and is set to take on Shelby Rogers in the next round after the American defeated Ash Barty.

Raducanu, who came to New York ranked 150th in the world, has breezed through all three of her matches without dropping a set and won a hugely impressive 79 per cent of her first-serve points while smashing 23 winners past her hapless opponent.

"I was playing very well and I know Sara is an extremely tough opponent," Raducanu said in her on-court interview. "I had to work so hard and there were some really long deuce games that could have gone either way.

"I'm just very glad I was able to maintain it and win in the end. For this one the plan was I had to hit through her and into the corners. I just took the game to her and I hit more winners than errors today."

Fans were left stunned at the youngster's near flawless performance and showered the World No.150 with praise.

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The 24-year-old Sorribes Tormo, the World No.41, had no answer to the youngster's combination of power, guile and court coverage, folding meekly and managing just five winners in the face of Raducanu's relentless onslaught.

The only blemish for the Briton came when serving for the match as nerves got the better of her and she let a 30-0 lead slip to allow her opponent to get on the scoresheet before sealing the win on Sorribes Tormo's serve in the next game.

Next up for Raducanu is a clash with American Shelby Rogers.

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