Emma Raducanu set for incredible rankings breakthrough after dream US Open
Emma Raducanu is guaranteed an astounding rankings milestone that would have been beyond her wildest dreams just weeks ago.
The British teen sensation continued her unbelievable US Open journey by defeating 2019 semi-finalist Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
Just as noteworthy, the result also means that, come the next WTA rankings update, Raducanu will officially be the top-ranked British player on the tour.
Having started the US Open ranked at 150 in the world, the 18-year-old qualifier has jumped 99 spots to world number 51 with her semi-final run. She would, of course, rise higher should she reach the final or even win the tournament.
Prior to this summer’s Wimbledon, Raducanu was ranked world number 338 and required a wildcard into the main draw as the British No. 10.
After her inspiring push to the fourth round, she leapt 159 spots to world number 179.
With her US Open display, Raducanu will overtake fellow Brits Harriet Dart, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson on the way to the number 51 spot.
She will become the sixth teenager in the top-100 of the WTA rankings alongside Coco Gauff (17), Leylah Fernandez (19), Marta Kostyuk (19), Clara Tauson (18) and Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano (19).
Raducanu has shown such determination and poise to get to the semi-finals of the US Open this year. She arrived as a qualifier, and has since won eight matches and 16 consecutive sets to the secure her place in the last four and a shot at the final.
Only second qualifying opponent Mariam Bolkvadze was able to push Raducanu even to drop five games in a set, as the Brit won 6-3, 7-5.
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