British teenager Emma Raducanu continued her dream run at the U.S. Open on Monday by overwhelming American Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-1 to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.
Going through qualifying to get to the last eight at a major is a stunning accomplishment by itself, but the 18-year-old has done it without dropping a set.
Raducanu, who burst onto the scene this year by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam appearance, has gone one better at the U.S. Open in dominant fashion.
After a 6-0 6-1 hammering of Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round Raducanu was nearly as ruthless against Rogers, dispatching the last American in the women’s draw in 66 minutes.
Raducanu got off to a nervous start with the world number 43 Rogers taking the early break to go in front 2-0.
But after that it was one-way traffic for Britain’s 150th-ranked qualifier who quickly settled in and stormed through the next 11 games to take the first set and lead 5-0 in the second.
The 28-year-old Rogers, coming off the biggest win of her career with a third-round upset of Australia’s world number one Ash Barty, appeared flat and was soon shell-shocked.
The American had rallied from 5-2 down in the third to beat Barty but there was no way back against Raducanu, who never allowed the American an opening. (
Highlights of the eighth day at the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, at Flushing Meadows on Monday (times in GMT):
1840 ZVEREV ZIPS PAST SINNER
Olympic gold medallist Alexander Zverev, seeded fourth, extended his winning streak to 15 matches with a 6-4 6-4 7-6(7) victory over Italian 13th seed Jannik Sinner.
1720 BENCIC SURVIVES SWIATEK TEST
Swiss 11th seed Belinda Bencic overcame a tough first-set tiebreak to beat seventh seed Iga Swiatek 7-6(12) 6-3 to progress to the quarter-finals. She will next face Emma Raducanu or Shelby Rogers.