Emma Raducanu shocked the world by winning the US Open as a debutant qualifier and is set to contest her…
Emma Raducanu shocked the world by winning the US Open as a debutant qualifier and is set to contest her next match in October.
The 18-year-old burst onto the scene by reaching the Fourth Round of Wimbledon as a wildcard earlier this summer and emphatically proved that run was no flash in the pan.
Heading into the US Open as world number 150, Raducanu won three qualifying matches without dropping a set to secure her spot in the main draw.
At Flushing Meadows, she then swept aside Stefanie Voegele, Zhang Shuai, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic, and Maria Sakkari to reach the final, still without dropping a set.
Raducanu defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in what was the first all-teenage women’s singles final since the 1999 US Open. She won the title without dropping a set, becoming the first woman to do so at the US Open since Serena Williams in 2014.
The British sensation was also the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament and the first woman in the Open Era to win a major tournament in only her second appearance.
Now ranked world number 23, Raducanu has become a British sporting icon and all eyes will be on the youngster’s return to the court.
Raducanu is set to play her next match at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells – which gets under way on Monday October 4.
The tournament, which is usually held in the spring, is one of the biggest on the WTA Tour and Raducanu may play her next match in the qualifiers.
Despite rocketing 127 places in the world rankings, Indian Wells’ main draw entry is based on rankings before the US Open, meaning Raducanu’s ranking was not high enough at the cut off point.
However, she is expected to receive a wildcard into the main draw, where current entrants include the likes of Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka, Karolína Plíšková and Leylah Fernandez.