Emma Raducanu already screened for the 2022 Australian Open
British Emma RaducanuThe 18-year-and-ten-month-old, ranked 150th in the world, won her first career Grand Slam title at the US Open in her fifth overall appearance on the WTA Tour. Thanks to this success, Raducanu is the first tennis player (men and women) to succeed in the company from the qualifications, the youngest tennis player to win a Major since the triumph of Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon 2004 and the first tennis British. player to settle in a Grand Slam after Virginia Wade in 1977.
Weeks earlier, at Wimbledon, she had made it through the fourth round, becoming the youngest British Open-era player to reach the 4th round of the London Slam, her first appearance. In an interview with the Lawn Tennis Association, Emma said she was very excited to play the 2022 Australian Open: “Everything that needs to be done to be able to play at the Australian Open. Australia, I will.
To me, it’s not even a thought or a battle in my mind. I just want to be at the Australian Open and I want to compete there, so anyway I’ll go. I’m hungry to play anybody and think it would be a really interesting challenge.
I like to challenge myself and it will obviously be extremely difficult to beat. a top 10 or a player of those qualities, but I’m ready and even if I lose I think it would be a great learning (opportunity) just to compare where I’m at with where the best in the world are.
So anyway for me it would be a win for everyone. ”
Victory at the US Open
She participated in the qualifiers of the US Open: by beating Bibiane Schoofs (6-1 6-2), Mariam Bolkvadze (6-3 7-5) and the Egyptian Mayar Sherif (6-1 6-4) she has clinched a spot for the main draw.
In the first round, she won her first victory in the New York main draw against the lucky loser Stefanie Vögele (6-2 6-3). In the second round, she leaves six games to Zhang Shuai (6-2 6-4) while in the third round she leaves only one to Sara Sorribes Tormo (6-0 6-1).
Raducanu begins her second consecutive Slam in the 4th round, where she finds the last American left on the board, Shelby Rogers, a veteran of the victory over world number one Ashleigh Barty in the previous round. The Briton took the lead 6-2 6-1, entering the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.
Here she finds the reigning Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, who reigns in straight sets (6-3 6-4) qualifying for the semi-final, becoming the first tennis player in the history of the US Open to cross. this course from qualifying.
Moreover, she succeeds without losing a set and finds herself in the top hundred in the world: before her, only tennis players of the caliber of Billie Jean King and Kim Clijsters have succeeded. In the penultimate act, she defeated seventeenth seed Maria Sakkari by 6-1 6-4, marking her first final in a Grand Slam tournament.
Raducanu becomes the first qualifier in US Open history to reach the last act of a Major. Plus, she’s the first Briton to reach the final since Virginia Wade did so in 1968. In the final act, she meets the tournament’s other surprise, fellow Leylah Annie Fernandez, in the first Teen Slam final since. the US Open 1999 which saw Serena Williams, seventeen, oppose Martina Hingis, nineteen: Emma wins with the score of 6-4 6-3, thus becoming the first qualified in history from tennis to winning a Grand Slam tournament. Thanks to her astonishing result, she climbs dramatically in the rankings to the 22nd position in the world.