US Open: Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter make winning starts to their qualifying bid
Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter fly into the second qualifying round of the US Open with high hopes of making it through to the main draw of the Grand Slam; Samantha Murray and Francesca Jones were first-round winners on Tuesday
Last Updated: 26/08/21 7:31am
British duo Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter made a strong start to their bid to reach the main draw of the women's singles at the US Open.
Raducanu's world ranking, on the back of her strong showing in Chicago last week where she made the Challenger event final, is now up to 150.
That granted her a seeding of 31 at the qualifying tournament and she made a superb start to her campaign in New York on Wednesday.
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The 18-year-old dropped just three games as she rolled over Holland's Bibiane Schoofs, the world No 283, 6-1 6-2 in the first round of qualifying.
Raducanu, who memorably reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last month, needs two more wins to reach the main draw of what would be her first overseas Grand Slam.
Fellow Brit Katie Boulter, seeded one place lower at 32, is also comfortably through after a 6-3 6-2 win over American Gabriella Price.
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There was further British success for Jodie Burrage, a 6-4 6-1 winner over American Robin Montgomery, and Liam Broady, who beat Japan's Tatsuma Ito by the same scoreline, while Harriet Dart beat Peyton Stearns 6-3 4-6 6-3.
Samantha Murray takes on Monica Niculescu and Francesca Jones faces Jaqueline Cristian in the second round of qualifying on Thursday.