‘It’s a dream to play on Ashe, I was trying to enjoy the moment’ – Emma Raducanu dazzling in New York
The remarkable Emma Raducanu story continued as the British 18-year-old reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time by conquering Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-1 in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
In doing so, Raducanu joined the likes of 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez and 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in reaching the quarter-finals of their respective draws at the US Open.
Raducanu admitted she tried to “soak in” the surroundings after being offered the opportunity to make her debut on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and she didn’t expect to be playing in such a big arena this early in her career.
“It did feel different going out there with a crowd, all of the lights, displays on the board. It did take some adjusting,” Raducanu said. “I was just soaking it all in. I was really trying to enjoy the moment. It’s something that you kind of dream of, to play on Ashe, the biggest court in the world. So soon I really didn’t expect to be here. I just really wanted to be in the present and take it all in.”
Raducanu is yet to drop a set in four rounds, having lost just 15 games on her way to quarter-finals. However the 18-year-old is staying grounded, insisting lots of games are going to deuce and could go either way.
“I think the scorelines are quite irrelevant because the matches and the games, a lot are going to deuce,” Raducanu added. “Those long games, like, one can win them, but it’s such a tight match. It’s very difficult to call.”
“I’m feeling very confident and happy with how I’m performing out here in the States,” she added. “I feel like I’m building with each match. I’m really excited to see what I can do on Wednesday.”
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