The year’s biggest cramming session is still going on. Emma Raducanu had no prior experience playing at the highest level of professional tennis when she started her full-time senior career before Wimbledon, but with each match she plays this wild summer, she gains knowledge and gets better.
She is now a quarterfinalist at the US Open after 26 matches. She has already developed more in just ten weeks than some players do in years, and she is still growing.
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The breakout performances of other teenagers in New York provide a useful point of comparison for Raducanu’s inexperience and demonstrate why that aspect of her narrative is not the most surprising, despite the fact that she is only 18 and just finished her A-levels.
Leylah Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday and is just two months older than Raducanu, made it to the semi-finals on Tuesday.
She made her tour-level debut in 2018 and it has been simple to track her consistent development over the course of 34 tour-level competitions. Raducanu has competed in four events: the US Open, Wimbledon, San Diego, and Nottingham.
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On being questioned about Fernandez, Raducanu responded, “I think everyone is on their own road. “I’m surprised to be here, personally.
I was aware that the excellent work I was doing will eventually pay off, but you never know when. I’m incredibly grateful for this time. After not playing for 18 months, to be here in the US Open quarterfinals is truly unbelievable.
There will be more novel sensations as attention turns to Raducanu’s quarterfinal matchup with Olympic champion and 11th seed Belinda Bencic.
Raducanu has received a favourable draw despite being surrounded by shrewd and knowledgeable top-50 players who she has thoroughly crushed.
Bencic will be her first top-30 opponent, giving her the chance to finally put her tools to the test against a top player.
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Bencic, who reached the US Open quarterfinals in 2014 at the age of 17, excels in New York, where she has advanced to all three of her grand slam quarterfinals.
Both players have at least some similar strengths, thus whomever can successfully take control of the baseline will win this match.
Few players can accomplish all of those things as well as Bencic, despite Raducanu’s ability to take the ball early, manipulate the opponent’s tempo, and redirect off both sides.
The Swiss compensates for her lack of sheer force by rushing and stealing time from her opponents while armed with unmatched hand-eye coordination.