Emma Raducanu hints at no Wimbledon repeat as she sets sights on world top 100

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Emma Raducanu hinted there is unlikely to be a repeat of her Wimbledon demise as she sets her sights on the world’s top 100.

The British teenager began the summer as the 338th best player in the world but soared up the global order with a stunning run at her home Grand Slam, which ended with her exiting the tournament after suffering breathing difficulties.

While the US Open has seen her less in the spotlight, fervour in New York is growing over the 18-year-old in the wake of her 6-2 6-4 win over Zhang Shuai.

She faces Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo for a second straight fourth-round appearance in only her second Grand Slam and the first she has qualified for. And victory would propel her inside the top 100 for the first time.

Despite the increased pressure, she said: “I’ve had five matches here in New York so I feel very comfortable with the conditions and the courts.

“I’m getting more and more used to it and each round I feel I’m going for my shots more and today I think that was evident. I think I’ve come a very long way since my first qualifying match here but also since the first tournament of this trip five weeks ago.”

Aptly, that match came against the same opponent – her first since Wimbledon and resulting in a 6-3 6-2 loss. Just a month on, the Briton looks a totally different player, the aggressor and front-runner from the outset for a very different result.

And Raducanu, who has not dropped a set in three qualifying and two main draw matches, said: “Playing at the tour level for so many weeks in a row definitely builds your confidence and I’ve been fortunate enough to win quite a few matches.”

Where in the past Raducanu might have been rattled by her opponent’s fightback, she kept a level head despite losing three straight games when leading 4-0 in the second set.

“It didn’t really bother me that she came back because I knew that she’s a great player, she’s extremely experienced, she’s going to throw everything she had at me,” she said. “So, I’m just very proud of myself for overcoming that and managing to close it out at the end.”

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