British tennis star Emma Raducanu reaches US Open quarter-finals with win over Shelby Rogers

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Emma Raducanu after her victory at the US Open. Credit: AP

Teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has continued her winning streak at the US Open after a resounding win over home favourite Shelby Rogers to become the youngest British player to reach the quarter-finals in New York in the Open era.

Raducanu reeled off 11 games in a row against the American to win 6-2 6-1 to book a last-eight date with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

Her latest victory makes Raducanu the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 to reach at least the fourth round of her first two grand slam tournaments and she is only the third qualifier to reach the quarter-finals in New York.

The game was played at the nearly 24,000-capacity Ashe - the biggest stadium in tennis -and Raducanu took time before the coin toss to gaze up at the towering stands.

“I definitely wanted to take it all in,” she said. “I went out there to practise this morning, but there was no one in the crowd. So it did feel different going out there with a crowd, all of the lights, displays on the board. It did take some adjusting.

“I was really trying to enjoy the moment. It’s something that you dream of, to play on Ashe, the biggest court in the world. I really didn’t expect to be here so soon. I just really wanted to be in the present.”

The teenager has not dropped a set across seven matches in qualifying and the main draw.

On Saturday, Raducanu raced to a sensational 6-0 6-1 win over the world number 41 Sorribes Tormo.

Emma Raducanu, left hugs Shelby Rogers, of the United States after making it through to the US Open quarter finals. Credit: AP

Rogers, seeded 43, one of the bigger hitters on tour compared to the spin and durability of Tormo.

Raducanu looked nervous initially in the cavernous surrounds of Arthur Ashe stadium and Rogers had two points for a 3-0 lead.

But the British teenager dug in and soon it was Rogers who was looking a little tight, making errors from the baseline that brought her opponent back on terms.

Watched by Virginia Wade, the last British woman to win a grand slam title and a resident of New York, Raducanu seized the momentum and ran with it, adjusting brilliantly to the pace of the Rogers’ shots and making her superior athleticism count.

A thumping return winner earned her a sixth game in a row and the opening set, and Rogers looked all out of ideas as Raducanu extended her run in the second set.

She was 5-0 up before Rogers finally stopped the rot and, although there were again a few signs of closing nerves, Raducanu clinched her fourth match point and another remarkable win.

In her on-court interview, the teenager said: “It feels absolutely amazing.

"Shelby is a great opponent, she’s done so well in the US Open and she’s had a great week so I knew it was going to be a tough match but I’m so happy to have come through and have managed to overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.”

Addressing Wade, also the last British woman to win the US Open, Raducanu said: “Thank you so much for watching my match. I really appreciate it. You’re an absolute legend so I’m really honoured to have had you here. I’m just going to try to do my best each round and let’s see how far it goes.”

Raducanu shot to fame by reaching Wimbledon’s fourth round in July, in a stunning first grand slam showing.

Her brilliant Wimbledon run was cut short after the teenager was forced to withdraw in the fourth round after suffering breathing difficulties.