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Emma Raducanu says parents ‘ghosted her’ after US Open win over Shelby Rogers

Britain's tennis starlet Emma Raducanu joked that her parents "ghosted" her in the aftermath of her sensational straight-sets victory over Shelby Rogers on Monday.

It means the 18-year-old is now in the quarter-finals on her maiden appearance at the tournament and in what is only her second Grand Slam.

She dropped just three games against the big-hitting American, who had dumped world No.1 Ashleigh Barty out of the competition in the previous round.

Raducanu's 6-2, 6-1 victory means she is one of only eight competitors left, and is within touching distance of glory that would have been unthinkable for the teenager just a few weeks ago.

In her post-match press conference the Briton revealed that, while she had received messages of support and congratulations from old school friends, her parents were yet to get in touch.

"Yeah, I’ve got quite a lot of messages from my school friends," she said. "It’s really nice that we’re still in contact even though we’ve left. I mean, it was quite a short time ago.

"My parents actually like ghosted me after the match.

"I texted them, but they didn’t reply even though they were online (laughter). Yeah, that meant something.

"But yeah, it’s just been such a supportive reaction and atmosphere after Wimbledon and here.

"I mean, I’m just feeling like really, really happy. I think that’s really showing in my game on court."

Raducanu shot into the spotlight with a surprise run to the second week of Wimbledon in her Grand Slam debut earlier this summer.

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She has already eclipsed her achievements in SW19 in New York, and now faces the difficult task of overcoming Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

While her opponent will certainly be the favourite to win the tie, Raducanu remains confident in her own ability and the run of form she is in.

She said: "[Bencic] has a lot of experience on the tour. She’s in great form, having won Olympic gold.

"I’m also feeling good about my game, also confident with the amount of matches I’ve played. I feel like I’m building with each one.

"It will be an extremely difficult match. I know if I’m going to have a chance, I’m going to have to play some really good tennis."

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