British tennis player Emma Raducanu has made history as she became the first qualifier to reach the US Open semi-finals. In a spectacular performance, Emma has crushed the Tokyo Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday. The match was really tough, but Emma has managed the bag victory for her country.
This victory is very important for Emma as it means she will rise to the verge of the world’s top 50 and become the British women‘s number one. Raducanu will play Maria Sakkari in Thursday’s semis after the Greek defeat Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova. In only her second Grand Slam presence, world number 150 Raducanu has become only the third woman graded outside the top 100 to reach a US Open semi-final.
Furthermore, Raducanu has bagged several remarkable accomplishments as she is the first qualifier to reach the last four at Flushing Meadows and became the fourth female qualifier to make any Grand Slam semi-final. In addition to this, she became the first British woman to make it to a US Open semi-final since Jo Durie in 1983 and the youngest British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for 46 years.
After reaching the semi-final of the US Open, she has talked about the match. Emma revealed that she knew that the match would be a difficult one as Belinda is a great opponent and she is an Olympic gold medalist. Emma said that she took the time to catch up with her ball speed but in the end she managed well. She accepted that Belinda is a tough player.