With a strong win over Stefanie Vogele, Emma Raducanu has a flawless start to the US Open.
The British teenager defeated her far more seasoned opponent 6-2, 6-3 in 78 minutes, putting on a confident and elegant exhibition of tennis.
Emma Raducanu, a young tennis phenom from the United Kingdom, got off to a flying start in the main draw of the US Open, defeating Stefanie Vogele in straight sets. On Court 17, the 18-year-old received unflinching backing from the audience as she won with only five games lost.
Raducanu proved she is as smart on the court as she is in the classroom, outwitting the lucky loser with confidence and no small degree of style at moments after obtaining some good A-level results this month.
The Canada-born girl captured the tennis world’s attention earlier this summer with a fairytale run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, and there’s no reason why she can’t do it again at Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu, ranked 150th in the WTA rankings, was set to play world number 14 Jennifer Brady in only her second Grand Slam match, however the American withdrew due to a foot ailment and was replaced by Vogele.
Raducanu suffered an early blow when Vogele broke her serve in the third game, after a confident start in which she seized every opportunity to send strong forehand strokes at her Swiss opponent – including one cross-court peach right into the corner.
But, aided by a pair of unforced errors from her far more experienced opponent, the Briton came back to win the next game without losing a single point.
In reality, she responded considerably better, winning the next five games and breaking Vogele – who is rated 22 places higher than Raducanu – twice more to win the first set 6-2 in just 28 minutes.
The highlight of that winning run was a stunning display of anticipation to read the Swiss’ backhand down the line, not only getting there but also showing remarkable strength to return a booming groundstroke across the court, leaving Vogele fuming.
Raducanu didn’t stop there, and she appeared to be having a great time playing Grand Slam tennis as she rode the wave of enthusiasm behind her to pick up right where she left off by comfortably holding her serve. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”