2021 US Open Quarter-Final – Emma Raducanu vs Belinda Bencic Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Emma Raducanu vs Belinda Bencic taking place? Emma Raducanu vs Belinda Bencic will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, USA

When is Emma Raducanu vs Belinda Bencic on and what time does it start? Wednesday 8th September, 2021 – not before 17:00 (UK)

What surface is Emma Raducanu vs Belinda Bencic being played on? Emma Raducanu vs Belinda Bencic will take place on an outdoor hard court

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THE LOWDOWN

18-year-old Emma Raducanu has more than halved her WTA world ranking of 150 coming into the US Open after reaching the quarter-finals on her debut, and only her second Grand Slam. The new star of British tennis made the round of 16 on her Wimbledon debut as a wildcard and has blown that campaign out of the water with this fortnight in New York, coming through the qualifiers to the last eight without dropping a set. 24-year-old Belinda Bencic is one win away from matching her best-ever Grand Slam run after making the semi-finals here in 2019. The Swiss is one of the form players on tour right now after a stunning run to a Gold Medal in the Singles and Silver Medal in the Women’s Doubles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Bencic is yet to drop a set at the US Open and a 14-12 first-set tiebreak with Iga Swiatek to eventually win in two is vastly impressive form.

THE PREDICTION

Tennis fans and pundits worldwide are trying their best not to overhype Emma Raducanu but the British teenager has outdone not only her breakthrough Wimbledon campaign from July, but her individual performances from round to round at Flushing Meadows. Set to be at least world number 74 as things stand, Raducanu has beaten the last two women to beat world number one Ash Barty, Sara Sorribes Tormo and Shelby Rogers, back-to-back. Raducanu won 11 games in a row against both world number 41 Sorribes Tormo, who stunned Barty at the Olympics, and number 43 Rogers, who took out the US Open top seed on Saturday. Following Belinda Bencic’s Olympic run it would have been laughable to suggest this quarter-final match-up, let alone that Raducanu could win it, and yet here we are. The teenager has made the quarter-final by conceding just 15 games, becoming the first to do so since a prime Serena Williams in 2013 – where the world number one went on to become champion.

Raducanu has also proven herself capable of battling the big-stage nerves following her difficulties at Wimbledon, beating a home player on Arthur Ashe on Monday, and with no more Americans left in either Singles draw she will likely become the fans’ favourite for the remainder of her stay. Bencic has been flawless so far too, but all those extra factors point towards Raducanu taking at least a set here as the likelier of two very capable winners

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