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Emma Raducanu Becomes Youngest British Woman To Reach A US Open Quarter-Final Since 1959

The qualifier produced a clinical performance in what is only her second main draw appearance at a Grand Slam.

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Emma Raducanu reacts during a Women's Singles match at the 2021 US Open, Monday, Sep. 6, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Darren Carroll/USTA)

Playing in just her 10th WTA match at the age of 18, Emma Raducanu has rewritten the record books with a clinical display to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

 

The British qualifier stormed past Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-1, just two days after the American knocked world No.1, Ash Barty, out of the tournament. Raducanu, who is now on a seven-match winning streak, spurred herself on with shouts of ‘come on’ throughout the 67-minute encounter. Her ability to hit the ball fast and deep proved too much for Rogers to handle as she fired three aces and 18 winners to become only the third qualifier to reach the last eight of the US Open women’s draw.

“It feels absolutely amazing to play in front of all of you and Shelby is a great opponent,” Raducanu said during her on-court interview. “She has done so well at the US Open and she has had a great week. So I knew it was going to be a tough match but I’m so happy I managed to come through and overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.”

Playing in the Arthur Ashe stadium for the first time in her career, Raducanu never looked to be intimidated. Perhaps this was due to the experience she went through at Wimbledon where she was forced to withdraw from her fourth round match due to breathing difficulties. An aggressive playing Rogers started the better of the two as she worked her way to a 2-0 lead before Raducanu dictated proceedings in an emphatic fashion.

Winning six consecutive games, the teenager closed out the opening set in just 38 minutes. Stunning her the American world No.43 who is a two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist herself. Raducanu’s relentless approach to the match overwhelmed a flat Rogers who appeared lost on the court as she failed to come up with a way to battle back. It took the Brit a mere 17 minutes to open up a 5-0 in the second set as she closed in on a milestone victory. Rogers prevented getting bagelled but it only delayed the inevitability of a win for Raducanu. Serving for the victory, she prevailed on her fourth match point after a Rogers forehand slammed into the net.

Raducanu has been in ruthless form throughout the entire tournament and has only dropped 13 games in four main draw matches played. Rogers was the fourth top 50 player she had beaten on the Tour with all of those victories occurring at a Grand Slam. The rising star is only the second British woman to reach the last 16 of multiple majors before the age of 19. The first was Sue Barker during the 1970s.

The youngster joins fellow rising stars Carlos Alcaraz and Leylah Fernandez in reaching the last eight of the tournament in what has been a breakout event for the next generation of the sport. Alcaraz and Fernandez played their matches on Sunday which seemed to have inspired the Brit.

“It definitely plays a part in motivation. I wanted to join them as well. But everyone is on their own trajectory and I’m just so happy to have been able to focus on my game and into the quarter-finals,” she said.

In the next round, Raducanu will take on Belinda Bencic for a place in the semi-finals. The Swiss player beat Iga Swiatek in straight sets and has won 13 out of the last 14 matches played on the Tour.

“Belinda is a great player who is in great form so I know I am going to have to bring it on Wednesday. It’s just going to be who can dictate,” she said of her next opponent.
“I am not really thinking about tennis right now. I will leave that until tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Bencic admits that she is under no illusion of the potential threat she faces against Raducanu who is the youngest British woman to go this deep at the tournament since Christine Truman in 1959.

“She’s up and coming and an amazing talent. I didn’t see much yet how she played, but what I saw is definitely she’s very athletic, she’s moving great, and, I mean, she has great results,” Bencic told reporters during her press conference.

Regardless of what happens in the next round, Raducanu will rise up the rankings to inside the world’s top 80. A staggering position for a player who started 2021 in 345th place.

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Diego Schwartzman Receives Threats On Social Media Following Shock Davis Cup Defeat

The world No.15 is the latest player to speak out about recieving abusive messages on social media.

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The weekend has been an emotional rollercoaster for Diego Schwartzman, who suffered ‘one of the worst’ losses of his career before helping secure victory for his country in their Davis Cup tie against Belarus.

 

On Saturday the world No.15 was stunned by unranked 18-year-old Daniil Ostapenkov who is yet to play a professional match on the pro Tour. Ostapenkov is currently ranked 63 in the world on the junior circuit. The comprehensive victory shocked the Argentinian team who was hosting the tie at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Despite the shock upset, Schwartman managed to redeem himself the following day when he defeated Alexander Zgirovsky 6-1, 6-2. That victory handed his country an unassailable 3-1 lead in their tie and secured their place in the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers which will take place next March.

Not only playing Davis, but in Buenos Aires, with a lot of people you don’t see, it’s not easy. My level can be and has to be much better. After the game on Saturday I had a difficult day in the spirit of being able to get up and enjoy with the group,” La Nacion quoted Schwartzman as saying.
“The most normal thing was that we won the series. It’s what everyone expected. But when you have a very difficult day at work like it was on Saturday and then you win, it excites you because you have some internal things withheld.”

Between those two matches, Schwartzman revealed that he was trolled on social media by some people unhappy about his loss in the tie. The 2020 French Open semi-finalist said he received criticism and even threats from some asking him to leave his home country. Something he admits affected him at times.

“It was one of the worst days of my career,” Schwartzman commented on his loss to Zgirovsky. “I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects (me) a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging (me), there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions.’
“I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina. More or less, it affects (me)”.

Schwartzman is not the first player to speak out about online abuse. During the US Open Shelby Rogers said she was expecting to receive ‘death threats’ following her loss to Emma Raducanu who went on to win the title. Sloane Stephens has also previously spoken out about being the victim of racism online.

The 29-year-old says he has previously tried to interact with those who have trolled him on social media to find out why they are doing so.

Sometimes I start to answer some messages and I ask those people if they realize what they are sending,” Schwartzman said during his press conference. “The vast majority apologize and say they had not realized it. But at the moment it hurts. That very ill-intentioned criticism is the only bad thing about social networks.”

Schwartzman has won four ATP titles and earned more than $10M in prize money so far in his career.

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Jasmine Paolini lifts her first WTA title in Portoroz

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Jasmine Paolini claimed the first WTA Tour title of her career in Portoroz. The Italian player came back from two breaks down in the opening set to beat Alison Riske 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the final after 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

“I think it’s been an amazing week here in Portoroz. I just feel very happy. It’s a big achievement for me, to win my first title. On hardcourts, it’s special. I think I was maybe a bit relaxed. I understood more about the game. I tried to change the rhythm of the game with higher balls, and I think that was the key”, said Paolini. 

Paolini beat Dayana Yastremska in the first round, Sorana Cristea in the quarter final, and Yulia Putintseva. The 25-year-old Italian player beat three top 50 players in a row in her final three matches this week. 

After a trade of breaks in the opening two games, Riske went up a double break to take a 5-2 lead. Paolini pulled one break back in the eight game from 3-5. The Italian broke at love in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5, as Riske was serving for the set. Riske rallied from 2-5 to 4-5 in the tie-break. 

Paolini earned two set points at 6-4 and converted her first set point when Riske sent an overhead long. Paolini broke serve in the fifth game with a forehand winner down the line to take a 3-2 lead. Paolini won the final five games and sealed the second set 6-2 with an error-forcing forehand.

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Clare Tauson claims her second WTA Tour title at the age of 18

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World number 70 Clare Tauson has won the second WTA Tour title of her career at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open this season beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 4-6 6-4 in the final after 2 hours and 3 minutes. 

 

Tauson enjoyed a great week in which she up number 4 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in the second round and this year’s Olympic finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the semifinals. Tauson won her first title as a qualifer in another indoor tournament in Lyon last March in just her second Tour-level tournament. Tauson also won the WTA 125 trophy in Chicago last August beating Emma Raducanu, who went on to win the US Open last week. 

Tauson is one of the four players born in 2002 ranked in the the tpè 100 alongside Raducanu, the other US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and Marta Kostyuk. 

The Danish teenager is the seventh player to claim more trophies, joining Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty, Barbora Krejikova, Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Danielle Collins and Daria Kasakina. 

Ostapenko won the Luxembourg tournament on her debut at this tournament in 2019 and had been undefeated before today’s tournament. 

Tauson has become the fourth player to successfully defend the Luxembourg title after Jana Novotna, Martina Navratilova and Kim Cljisters. 

Ostapenko hit a smash to break Tauson to take a 6-3 lead. The Latvian player earned an early break to take a 2-1 lead. Tauson broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Ostapenko fired return winners to take a 2-1 lead with a break. Tauson broke back with two straight return winners. Tauson fended off two break points to hold serve after a marathon five-deuce for 3-2. Ostapenko was broken after a fourth double fault, when she was serving to stay in the match at 4-5. 

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