18-Year-Old Emma Raducanu Bagels World No. 41 to Reach Second Week at US Open 2021, Next Potentially to Play Ashleigh Barty

Published 09/04/2021, 4:31 PM EDT
Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts after match point against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland (not pictured) on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


British teenage sensation Emma Raducanu punched her ticket to the fourth round of the US Open in convincing fashion. She defeated World No. 41 Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets to continue her rich vein of form in Flushing Meadows.

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In a match lasting 1 hour and 10 minutes, Raducanu scored a dominant 6-0, 6-1 victory over her Spanish opponent.

Emma Raducanu cruises past Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round of the US Open

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The Briton made a lasting impression during The Wimbledon Championships earlier this year. She reached the fourth round of the tournament, where she faced Ajla Tomljanovic. However, an injury during the match forced her to withdraw from the grass court Grand Slam.

After easing her way through the qualifying rounds, Raducanu entered the main draw of the US Open for the first time in her career. She defeated Stefanie Vogele and Zhang Shuai in her first two matches before facing Sorribes Tormo in the third round today.

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after winning a point against Shuai Zhang of China in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Despite an arduous second game in the first set, Raducanu eased her way to clinching the first set. Although Tormo showed some resistance, the British teenager won the first set 6-0, handing her Spanish opponent a bagel.

During the second set, Raducanu kept the momentum going, barely giving Tormo any time to mount some sort of comeback. She sealed the second set 6-1, and a spot in the fourth round of the final Grand Slam of the year.

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Raducanu could face World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round

The 18-year-old will face either World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty or Shelby Rogers in the fourth round next week.

Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain serves against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland (not pictured) on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Although reaching the quarterfinals may seem difficult, nothing seems impossible for Raducanu, given her impressive run of form.

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