US Open '21 - British Teen Moves Ahead
Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Raducanu Routs Rogers
EMMA RADUCANU defeated SHELBY ROGERS 6-2, 6-1
British teen Emma Raducanu continued her remarkable run at Flushing Meadows by trouncing hometown hero Shelby Rogers. The Brit made light work of her opponent only dropping 3 games for the entire match. She has set up a quarter-final clash with Swiss number 11 seed and Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic.
It is a remarkable rise for the teen sensation who only played her first game of the tour just a few weeks before this year's Wimbledon tournament, before earning a wildcard to 'The All England Lawn Tennis Championships.'
At her home tournament, she incredibly was the lone British player remaining in the Round of 16 before devastatingly having to withdraw due to medical reasons.
There are no such problems at the US Open, as she is making light work of opponent after opponent. She incredibly lost the first two games of the match against Rogers before thundering home to win 12 of the last 13 games to book her place in the Quarter Finals.
Raducanu was understandably delighted post-match having this to say:
"I am so happy to have overcome some of the nerves at the beginning"
"Belinda is a great player who is in great form, so I'm going to have to bring it on Wednesday."
Meanwhile, Rogers was suitably embarrassed after the thrashing she had just endured:
“That was pretty embarrassing. It was a tough day at the office. Unfortunately, I had to fail in front of thousands and thousands of people. So I have to live with that one."
Combined with fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez's exploits, this looks to be a real coming-out party for the teenage starlets on the women's tour. After a couple of years of no real outstanding women players (despite Ash Barty's remarkable 93 weeks as world number one - how has this happened?) the door is wide open for one of this new generation of players to take the mantle.