Britain’s Raducanu was surprised at the US Open


New York — No one is as surprised as Emma Raducanu herself.

British teenagers were the first qualifiers to reach the US Open semi-finals on Wednesday, beating Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in a straight set.

“I never thought I was here,” Raducanu told reporters. “I think my flight was booked at the end of qualifying, so that’s a great issue.”

A bright and smiling 18-year-old, she did a short job in the US Open campaign, winning all 16 sets from qualifying to the semifinals, proving to be deadly online and at baseline.

Emma Raducanu (L) from England embraces Belinda Bencic from Switzerland (R)
Emaradukanu of the United Kingdom (L) will be in Switzerland (R) after the 10th day of the 2021 US Open Tennis Tournament held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York on September 8, 2021. Embrace Belinda Bencic. Jeff Burke-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters)

Raducanu tells reporters that he continues his wonderful tournament journey with his parents away from the stands and needs a week-long exemption to travel.

But as she maintains her court calm on the biggest stage far beyond her years, their influence is still felt from afar.

“Calmness and mental strength definitely come from my upbringing,” said Raducanu.

“My parents taught me to take a positive attitude in court from an early age, because when I was young, if I did something wrong, I could never stop.”

Compared to the youngest player to win the Grand Slam title, Martina Hingis of Switzerland, Ladukanu made his fourth round of Wimbledon debut this year, making him another potential star in British tennis. Was announced.

“We have some great role models to admire,” said Raducanu, who won the fourth round against Shelby Rogers of the United States with Virginia Wade, the last British woman to win Wimbledon in 1977. Was watching from the stand.

“Andy [Murray] I’ve talked to me many times and I’ve actually hit him twice so it’s really nice to see the speed of his ball and his greatness. Her compatriot, Murray, is a three-time Grand Slam singles champion.

Amy Tennery