Tennis grand slams: Who is the greatest of all time?
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Emma Raducanu has earned praise from former British tennis star Annabel Croft for her rise to stardom, with Croft calling her ‘very special’.
Raducanu beat Shelby Rogers in the last 16 to progress to the quarter-finals of the US Open in a 6-2, 6-1 win to mark a whirlwind few months in her career.
Having magically qualified for Wimbledon in the summer, her tournament came to a cruel end in the fourth round as she had to retire against Ajla Tomljanovic.
But coming back stronger, the prodigy has progressed to the quarter finals of the US Open in incredible circumstances by not dropping any of her 14 sets after seven matches – even more impressive that some of her opponents being top 50 opponents.
The 18-year-old was born in Toronto, Canada before moving to London when she was two.
And Brits across the country are loving her – none more so than Annabel Croft.
“Well I have to say I think she’s surprised everybody with how quickly she has burst onto the main scene,” Croft told BBC News.
“Obviously, we all got familiar with her at Wimbledon.
“She took a wildcard and got through to the fourth round, she was playing on court one and it all got a bit exciting before a bit of a traumatic ending.
“The next stage was when she went back onto the tour, she spent six weeks going through to this US Open.
“And remember, on top of the four matches she’s won at the US Open here, she had to come through three rounds of qualifying as well.”
Raducanu will take on Belinda Bencic in the quarter-final on Wednesday, with the Swiss currently ranking number 11 in the world.
However, she will be well aware of just how good Raducanu is despite her age.
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“She’s come through all of it with flying colours. We’re right to be excited here,” Croft continued.
“I truly believe we’re seeing somebody very, very special and her achievements for the future are limitless, they really are.”
The current holder of the competition Naomi Osaka was dumped out to Leylah Fernandez in the third round by a score of 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.
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