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Emma Raducanu sets up US Open quarter-final meeting with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic

Kent tennis player Emma Raducanu is through to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The 18-year-old qualifier, from Bromley, beat Shelby Rogers - conqueror of world No.1 and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty - 6-2 6-1 on Arthur Ashe Court and is still to drop a set at the championships.

Emma Raducanu is through to the last eight at Flushing Meadows
Emma Raducanu is through to the last eight at Flushing Meadows

Raducanu, who shot to fame with her run to the fourth round at Wimbledon this year, will play Olympic champion and No.11 seed Belinda Bencic in the last eight on Wednesday.

The teenager has taken her game to another level since her SW19 heroics, and blew away Rogers with a dominant performance.

Speaking on court following her victory, Raducanu said: “It feels absolutely amazing.

“Shelby is a great opponent, she’s done so well in the US Open and she’s had a great week so I knew it was going to be a tough match.

“But I’m so happy to have come through and have managed to overcome some of the nerves at the beginning.”

Raducanu, the reigning Kent player of the year, reeled off 11 straight games en route to victory in just one hour and six minutes.

Tipped for the top after her Wimbledon efforts, her star continues to rise and she can already look forward to a place in the top 100 when the new rankings are released after the US Open.

She’s also guaranteed a whopping $425,000 - more than £300,000 - in prize money.

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