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Elated Emma Raducanu speaks out after reaching US Open semi-final with Belinda Bencic win

Emma Raducanu eases into US Open quarter-finals

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Emma Raducanu praised her ‘amazing’ team after beating 11th seed Belinda Bencic in straight sets to reach the US Open semi-finals on Wednesday. The 18-year-old was unsurprisingly elated in her on-court interview after continuing her sensational debut tournament in New York.

Speaking shortly after her quarter-final triumph over Bencic, Raducanu expressed her delight after capturing more hearts on the big stage.

She said: “Playing Belinda, she is such a great opponent, and she’s in unbelievable form.

“Her ball speed definitely caught me off guard because she hits it so hard, so I had to try and adjust and adapt.

“It was a really tough match for me. I am just so, so happy to have come through and thanks so much for all of your support today.

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“I have got an absolutely amazing team here with me. Everyone over there [in the box], they’re keeping me in one piece!

“I also have a team back home; we have been staying in contact, they couldn’t be here, but I’m sure they were watching… I hope!

“Thank you so much, everyone. I mean, I wish you could be here with me, but everything we’ve been working for, it’s showing here. Thank you so much.

“It was love 30 in the last couple of services game, so to hold was pretty big.

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“I just took it one point at a time and just tried to focus on what I can control, my serve, landing first serves.

“Belinda is an incredibly tough opponent, so she was going to fight until the end, but I am just really pleased to have come through that.”

Raducanu’s debut appearance at the US Open has defied all expectations as she’s dominated every opponent in her path.

The British teenager is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament in her three qualifiers and five rounds on her way to the semi-finals.

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Raducanu will face either world number four Karolina Pliskova or Maria Sakkari in the US Open last four.

Pliskova and Sakkari will battle it out on Thursday morning for the honour to face the WTA Tour’s newest sensation.

The other semi-final has already been decided, with Leylah Fernandez taking on world number two Aryna Sabalenka.

It will only get harder for Raducanu from here, but she’ll be thriving off the pressure and optimistic that her electric form can continue.

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