Emma Raducanu thanks ‘absolute legend’ for watching her Shelby Rogers rout
Emma Raducanu had the privilege of playing in front of a multiple Slam champion as her push for Major glory rolls on.
The teen sensation dispatched home talent Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-1 in barely an hour on-court to reach the quarter-finals of a Slam for the first time.
Raducanu is still yet to drop a set across qualifying and in the main draw, having won seven consecutive straight sets matches.
“It feels absolutely amazing to play in front of all of you,” Raducanu expressed to the crowd following her victory.
“Shelby (Rogers) is a great opponent, she’s done so well here and she’s had a great week, so I knew it was gonna be a tough match.
“But I’m so happy to have come through and overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.”
The Brit made history in front of a history-maker as well. 1968 US Open, 1972 Australian Open and 1977 Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade was present for the match, the last British woman to win the US Open.
“Thank you so much for watching my match,” Raducanu spoke directly to Wade. “I really appreciate it, and you’re an absolute legend, so I’m really honoured to have had you here.
“And yeah, I’m just gonna try and do my best each round and let’s see how far it goes.”
At 18 years and 297 days old, Raducanu is the youngest British quarter-finalist at the US Open for 62 years, since Christine Truman reached the 1959 final also as an 18-year-old.
She is also the youngest British quarter-finalist at any Slam since Sue Barker reached the semi-finals of the 1975 Australian Open as an 18-year-old.
Raducanu will face her most accomplished opponent yet in the quarter-finals, Olympic gold medallist and 2019 US Open semi-finalist Belinda Bencic.
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