Emma Raducanu’s US Open second-round win relived with eyes set on top 100
Emma Raducanu has continued to shine at the US Open following her breakthrough Wimbledon run, securing a 6-2 6-4 victory over Zhang Shuai in the second round on Thursday.
The Bromley teenager came through qualifying very impressively in New York to nab a spot in her second successive main draw at a Grand Slam, and now finds herself in round three without dropping a set.
She required just an hour and 12 minutes to overcome the world No 49, who beat her in San Jose exactly a month ago.
Raducanu now faces Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round on Saturday, and a win would see her make her debut in the world's top 100.
The 18-year-old fired 27 winners to 11 unforced errors as she overcame Zhang in straight sets.
Raducanu also dominated her service games, winning 85% of the points behind her first serve and 54% of points on her second, while her Chinese opponent won 53% and 44% of first and second serve points respectively.
It was a complete turnaround from their clash at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic last month, where the world No 49 came through easily with a 6-3 6-2 victory.
Raducanu had been confident in her chances ahead of the match, saying she learned a lot from her loss in San Jose and had improved massively since, even making her maiden tour-level final in the Chicago Challenger two weeks ago.
The world No 150 is now feeling even better ahead of her third round clash against Sorribes Tormo – the in-form Spaniard who knocked world No 1 Ash Barty out of the Tokyo Olympics.
"Tennis-wise, I'm playing better and better with each match," Raducanu said after her second-round victory.
"Especially on the hard courts, I'm gaining experience with each match."
A win over the world No 41 would see Raducanu enter the top 100 in the rankings for the first time in her career.
If top seed Ash Barty can also come through her third round match against Shelby Rogers, the pair will set up a blockbuster clash in the round of 16.
A second week appearance would also equal Raducanu's Wimbledon run, where she made the fourth round before retiring with breathing difficulties, though the teen says she isn't comparing her success at the All England Club to her time in Flushing Meadows.
She said: "It's not comparable to Wimbledon because I'm just taking it one match at a time and focusing on what I have to do in each point."
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