British teenager Emma Raducanu produces another assured display to breeze past Chinese veteran Zhang Shuai in straight sets and reach the third round at the US Open
- Emma Raducanu delivered another impressive display to see off Zhang Shuai
- The British teenager secured victory in just 81 minutes on Thursday
- The 18-year-old will now face world No 41 Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain
One storm departed New York and another arrived in the form of Emma Raducanu, who blew into the third round of the US Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over China’s Zhang Shuai.
Raducanu joined Dan Evans in the third round and she has doneso without dropping a set, going all the way back to the middle of last week and the start of the three qualifying rounds.
She will now face world No 41 Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, who recently beat Ash Barty at the Olympics.
British teenager Emma Raducanu delivered another impressive display to see off Zhang Shuai
It seemed scarcely believable that early in August Raducanu had met the same player and only managed to take five games off her.
The match became competitive in the second set from 4-0 up but overall she was remarkably dominant. Even when Shuai came back at her like the top 50 player she is she remained composed.
The comprehensive result showed that she is improving almost by the week, and the clear enjoyment of the process shone through.
On Friday Evans will try and make the last sixteen of a Grand Slam for the second time when he tackles 22-year-old Australian Alex Popyrin.
Superior in every department, the teenager claimed victory in just 81 minutes on Thursday
The British No 1 will have to use his guile to defuse the raw power of the 6’ 5” world number 73, just as he did when the two of them met at the first round at Queen’s Club in June.
As Evans acknowledged, the odds will be evened up this time by the fact that they are playing on a hard court, a surface much more suited to his opponent’s movement. Popyrin made it through when Grigor Dimitrov retired from their second round.
The 31 year-old Midlander has made the third round on three previous occasions and if he can get enough returns back has a decent shot of going one better on this occasion.
The 18-year-old eased past 32-year-old Zhang, who is ranked 101 places higher than her
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