Over the past 12 days in New York City, whenever Emma Raducanu reflected on her surprising fourth-round run at Wimbledon earlier this summer, she spoke about how her eventual retirement there underscored the need to work on her physical in order to compete. with the best players in the WTA.
Few players on the women’s tour represent a better measure of physical preparation than the tireless Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, but Raducanu had an answer: she just didn’t let her play. In a flawless display of clean and relentless hitting the ball and short sense beyond her years, Raducanu produced her career performance as she completely obliterated her opponent 6-0, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the US Open on it. start.
“I was playing really well,” Raducanu said. “I know Sara is an extremely tough opponent who doesn’t make it easy, so you have to be on your game at every point. You have to work really hard. I’m really happy that I was able to maintain my level and really stay that way at the end.
Arriving in the main draw of the US Open in last week’s qualifying tournament, Raducanu has proven to be a compelling favorite. She still hasn’t lost a set in the six matches she’s played in New York. In two career grand slam appearances, and after a 16-month hiatus from the tour until June, she managed to reach week two each time.
She is awaiting a possible fourth round match against World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, who will then face Shelby Rogers. “I have a great team around me so we stick to the same routines. It’s been two weeks in New York and now in week three, ”Raducanu said. “I didn’t think I would be here, but I’m so, so excited. Recover tomorrow, then I’m back on Monday.
From the opening game, the rally was longer and more attritional than anything Raducanu has faced over the summer, but she stayed on top of the baseline, taking the ball early, imposing her weight. far superior shot and intelligently choosing moments to free yourself fully.
After a grueling 11-minute opening rematch, Raducanu beat 2-0, scoring a winning line backhand on a breaking point. Then she took a 4-0 lead, shattering Sorribes Tormo’s backhand.
As the set went on, the pressure of Raducanu’s consistent depth, weight of shot and consistency was reflected in the errors she forced on the Spaniard during extended rallies. Confidently, Raducanu spent the last few games of the set demolishing both the ball and her opponent, finishing with a 6-0 bagel set.
Throughout the second set, she thwarted all of Sorribes Tormo’s moves. When the Spaniard swept the net, Raducanu coolly landed a passing shot. When she was dragged forward by a drop shot, she spun forward to complete the point. Raducanu was soon leading 6-0, 5-0 and she had match point on Sorribes Tormo’s serve for a double bagel, but she mastered a forehand return and her opponent maintained the serve.
Regardless: she returned moments later to serve the game, closing an astonishing victory over her career-highest ranked opponent with a brutal final forehand winner. It was a game played entirely on his racquet and his conditions. “For this one, I knew the plan was I had to hit her,” she said. “I just brought him the game and hit more winners than mistakes today. “
Bianca Andreescu, meanwhile, is well known for her self-complicating tendency, so often she is drawn into arduous three-set battles with drama seemingly following her all over the place. This year, 10 of the Canadian’s 14 WTA victories at the US Open came in straight sets, many of which could have been much simpler matters. Yesterday, however, she qualified for the fourth round while barely sweating, easily beating Greet Minnen of Belgium 6-1, 6-2. It was her second straight sets victory, a feat she had achieved once this year.
On Instagram, Sloane Stephens detailed the horrific racist abuse, gender-based abuse and threats she received on social media, likely from punters, after her loss to Angelique Kerber. Stephens said he received more than two thousand messages of abuse.
“I’m human, after last night’s game I got over 2,000 abuse / anger messages from people upset by yesterday’s outcome,” Stephens wrote. “It’s so hard to read posts like these, but I’ll post a few so you can see what it’s like after a loss.
“This type of hate is so exhausting and endless. We don’t talk about it enough, but it really sucks… I’m happy to have people in my area who support me. I prefer positive waves to negative waves. I chose to show you happiness, but it’s not always smiles and roses.