British tennis player Emma Raducanu through to quarter-finals of US Open

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Teenager Emma Raducanu has become the youngest British player to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The 18-year-old secured victory in straight sets over American Shelby Rogers, winning their fourth round clash 6-2 6-1.

In the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Raducanu beat Rogers, who is world number 43, despite being ranked 150.

Rogers came into the round in a strong position having defeated world number one Ashleigh Barty on Saturday.

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Emma Raducanu returns a shot against Shelby Rogers, of the United States. Pic: AP
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Emma Raducanu celebrates her fairytale win against Rogers. Pic: AP
Shelby Rogers hits a forehand during a Women's Singles match at the 2021 US Open. Pic: AP
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Rogers failed to win a set during Monday’s match. Pic: AP

But Raducanu dominated the match, winning 11 games in a row to book a last-eight date with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

Speaking after the match Raducanu said: “It feels absolutely amazing. Shelby is a great opponent, she’s done so well in the US Open and she’s had a great week so I knew it was going to be a tough match but I’m so happy to have come through and have managed to overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.”

Addressing the last British woman to win the US Open, Virginia Wade, who was watching courtside, Raducanu said: “Thank you so much for watching my match. I really appreciate it.

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“You’re an absolute legend so I’m really honoured to have had you here. I’m just going to try to do my best each round and let’s see how far it goes.”

Emma Raducanu with a doctor and trainer courtside
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Emma Raducanu with a doctor and trainer courtside at Wimbledon

The teenager won legions of fans for her performance at this year’s Wimbledon where, as as a wildcard entry, she defied expectations to make it to round four.

Although her winning streak ended in unfortunate circumstances when she struggled with breathing problems and had to retire.

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Raducanu is the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 to reach at least the fourth round of her first two grand slam tournaments and she is only the third qualifier to reach the US quarter-finals in New York.

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