Emma Raducanu is enjoying a sensational run at this year’s US Open, with the British teenager set to take on Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final on Wednesday (Match betting – Raducanu 5/4, Bencic 8/13).

Not many people had heard of 18-year-old Raducanu just a few months ago, but, after being handed a wildcard entry into Wimbledon, she propelled herself into the spotlight with a run to the last-16 at the All England Club.

However, it is her performances at Flushing Meadows that have really caught the eye, as, after coming through three qualifying rounds, she has breezed her way into the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Her last-16 victory over Shelby Rogers on Monday underlined the talent that Raducanu possesses, as after being broken early in the first set, she proceeded to win 11 games in a row – coming through 6-2 6-1 against a player who had beaten world number one Ashleigh Barty in the previous round.

The world number 150, who is set to break into the top 100 of the rankings following her performances in New York, will now face a step up in opponent when she takes on 11th seed Bencic, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo just a few weeks ago.

Raducanu (13/2 – to win US Open) has never beaten a player ranked inside the world’s top 40 before, but the incentive is there, as she will be bidding to become the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final since Johanna Konta at the French Open in 2019.

The Bromley-based star is not getting too ahead of herself, however, as she knows she will be facing a world-class opponent in Bencic.

“Belinda’s a great player who’s in great form so I know I’m going to have to bring it on Wednesday,” the youngster told reporters.

If Raducanu can make it through to the last four, then she will face either Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari or the experienced Karolina Pliskova, who reached the final of Wimbledon earlier this year and who is also a former world number one.

Not since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977 has a British female won a Grand Slam singles title, but perhaps Raducanu can end that wait in New York.

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