Emma Raducanu: Commentators praise 'extraordinary' win
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Emma Raducanu has been praised for raising her level since her breakthrough at Wimbledon, as she matches her round of 16 run at the US Open. The world No 150 is yet to drop a set in New York through three matches of qualifying and three main-draw matches. She stormed to the second week with a 6-0 6-1 win over world No 41 Sara Sorribes Tormo, with experts calling it one of the “most sensational” breakout performances.
Raducanu had already started to make a name for herself, backing up her debut at Wimbledon with a maiden tour-level final at the Chicago Challenger two weeks ago, and qualifying for the US Open.
She has since impressed in her second-ever main draw of a Grand Slam, beating lucky loser Stefanie Voegele and world No 49 Zhang Shuai in her first two rounds.
However, it was her third round performance that really made a statement, as she dropped just one game against in-form Sara Sorribes Tormo.
The world No 41 had recently knocked top seed Ash Barty out in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics, and followed up the big win by making the quarterfinals of the WTA 1000 in Montreal.
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She also made it to the semi-finals of the WTA 250 event in Cleveland, losing to second seed Anett Kontaveit.
Despite having an impressive summer, the Spaniard was unable to compete with the Bromley teenager and couldn’t find an answer for Raducanu’s complete performance.
The 18-year-old fired 23 winners, overshadowing Sorribes Tormo’s five, and won 79% of the points on her first serve, as well as 55% on her second.
She was heavily praised for such a dominant performance over a tough opponent, with former British No 1 Annabel Croft remarking that it was one of the best matches from a breakthrough player.
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“I mean if you take away the fact that she’s British, if you’re watching a performance like this, you would say ‘this is one of the most sensational performances of a breakout onto the tour’,” she said, speaking on Prime Video.
“The fact that she’s carried it on from what we saw at Wimbledon and been able to maintain that momentum and actually I think even taken her level up several notches since we saw her at Wimbledon.
“This is absolutely mesmerising tennis that we’re seeing from her. I mean to blitz and blast and pummel a real tough, tricky opponent in Sorribes Tormo. She didn’t give her a chance.”
The two-time junior Grand Slam champion also praised Raducanu’s clinical tennis during the third round match.
Croft continued: “She’s kind of already got in her head what kind of tennis she needed to play but it was clinical, wasn’t it?
“And it’s also the margins that she gives herself on the finishing point, it’s always within a section in that corner but it’s so accurate.
“And the way that she was moving the ball around from corner to corner and every time the rallies were extended her opponent was starting to get pushed further and further and further behind the baseline to the point where she could not impose her game anymore.”
Despite the scoreline, Raducanu’s top 50 opponent continued to fight but was no match for the qualifier.
“Sorribes Tormo tried everything, she tried a few slices, she tried a bit of serve and volley,” Annabel added.
“I mean you have to give full marks to her, she never let her head drop, the body language didn’t change. There was absolutely nothing she could do.”
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