Emma Raducanu has reached the round of 16 at Grand Slams in a row
|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Date: 30 August-12 September|
|Cover: Daily radio commentary on the website and app of BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra / BBC Sport with selected live text commentary and match reports on the website and in the app|
The British teenager Emma Raducanu beat up the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo in a one-sided encounter at the US Open and meets the American Shelby Rogers in the round of 16.
18-year-old Raducanu won 6-0 6-1 against world number 41 Sorribes Tormo as her overseas Grand Slam debut continued with an extraordinary win in New York.
She will play Rogers on Monday, after number 43 in the world Australian top seed Ashleigh Barty amazes.
“My game is getting better with every game,” said Raducanu.
After the number 150 in the world penetrated the Grand Slam scene as a wildcard with a breathtaking run into the Wimbledon round of 16, she has now reached this breakout display in Flushing Meadows.
Sorribes Tormo is the top ranked player Raducanu has beaten in her young professional career.
“I played very well and I know Sara is a strong opponent so I had to show my game and work so hard,” said Raducanu, who won in one hour and nine minutes.
“I’m happy that I persevered and stayed consistent.”
The teen’s type of victory was hard to believe and overwhelmed a hardworking opponent who has reached a career high after winning 29 Tour matches this year.
Raducanu’s strength and precision were too much for Sorribes Tormo. The Briton beat 23 winners and served solidly throughout.
Fittingly, she sealed the win with another thundering forehand winner before receiving the applause of a New York audience who seem to realize they are seeing a star in the making.
“I had to punch through them and hit the corners,” said Raducanu, whose number of winners outnumbered 16 casual mistakes.
“If you trade her you will be second best and I brought the game to her and made more winners than mistakes.”
Raducanu’s star continues to rise
Raducanu is a popular attraction for US Open fans in the outdoor courts
Three months ago, few outside of British tennis knew Raducanu. Then she became number 361 in the world rankings.
She became a household name in the UK after her stunning run at Wimbledon and is now attracting a lot of attention from New York audiences, many of whom have wanted selfies and autographs after beating Sorribes Tormo.
The win also means the Kent teen is on the verge of advancing to the top 100 in the world.
Raducanu qualified for their first major last week and, unimpressed by the size of their first overseas Grand Slam, has continued to cause a stir in Flushing Meadows.
She has not lost a set in three qualifying games and three main games.
“It was an incredibly impressive performance from such a young player. She has absolutely nothing to lose,” said former British number one Laura Robson on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
“As a tough opponent, we made this match great again and again – and it’s a tough opponent. Sorribes Tormo has won so many matches against top players and has the game to really get you in trouble.
“But she was never there. She didn’t have a chance to play her game because Emma knocked her off the pitch.”
Raducanu quickly demonstrated their authority in the early stages, breaking the 24-year-old Sorribes Tormo’s serve on the third attempt in a long second game.
From then on it was a one-way street, as the Briton won 29 of the 42 points played in the first set.
Former British number one Tim Henman described Raducanu’s appearance in the first sentence as “a ball-grabbing clinic”.
She pressed on in the second set and interrupted the serve at the first opportunity to lead 2-0.
Head in hands, Sorribes Tormo looks shocked when she was 3-0 behind in the move.
Raducanu refused to let up as she chased a second set of love and maintained her intensity while the Spaniard struggled to get on the scoreboard.
There was a great cheer as Sorribes Tormo held his serve to make it 5-1 after parrying a match point but couldn’t delay the inevitable any further as Raducanu kept her composure for a one-sided victory.
“The level was ridiculous,” added Robson, who also reached the fourth round of the US Open in 2012 at the age of 18.
“A lot of young players can hit the ball hard, but to be so consistent and support yourself is amazing.”