US Open: Emma Raducanu storms into last 16 with phenomenal performance in New York
Emma Raducanu dazzled at the US Open with a mesmerising display of tennis to dismantle Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-1 as the teenager reached the fourth round in sensational fashion on Saturday.
It is only two months since the 18-year-old from Kent surged into the limelight with her stunning run to the fourth round of Wimbledon, and Raducanu has equalled her performance with another scintillating performance against a player ranked 109 places above her in the rankings.
Raducanu has now won 14 out of her last 15 matches since her first match after Wimbledon in San Jose a month ago, including six at Flushing Meadows, with a potential showdown against world No 1 Ashleigh Barty on Monday looming large.
Raducanu told Amazon Prime: “I was playing very well and I know Sara’s an extremely tough opponent. She doesn’t make a mistake so you have to be on your game every single point.
“I had to work so hard and there were some really, really long deuce games that could have gone either way so I’m just really happy that I managed to maintain and stay on it and win in the end.”
The teenager seems unaffected by the whirlwind around her, and she said: “I’ve got a great team around me, a great team here so we’re just sticking to the same routines.
“It’s been two weeks in New York now and into the third week. I never thought I’d be here but I’m just so, so excited.”
Raducanu is yet to drop a set in either qualifying or the main draw and the talented teenager was superb in both attack and defence once again with some breathtaking tennis, taking Sorribes Tormo’s game apart.
The Spaniard is another of 2021’s form players having won her maiden WTA title earlier this year in Guadalajara and has notched 30 wins on tour, with the majority coming on hardcourts.
Her results also include a famous victory over Barty at the Olympics, but Raducanu put on a clinic in the first set to bagel her opponent in 33 minutes, winning 89 per cent of her first-serve points as well as landing eight winners.