US Open: British teenager Emma Raducanu moves one match win away from making main draw in New York
British teenage sensation Emma Raducanu is through to the final qualifying round of the US Open where she will play world No 95 Mayar Sherif from Egypt; the 18-year-old made her Grand Slam breakthrough at Wimbledon where she reached the fourth round
Last Updated: 27/08/21 8:21am
British teenager Emma Raducanu moved a step closer to her first main draw appearance at the US Open after making it through to the final qualifying round at Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu, who memorably reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in July, defeated Georgian Mariam Bolkvadze 6-3 7-5 to move one win away from reaching the main draw of what would be her first overseas Grand Slam.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a successful couple of weeks Stateside having made the WTA Challenger event final in Chicago. That run has enabled her move up the latest world rankings to 150.
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In stifling temperatures, Raducanu showed impressive resilience to set up a showdown against Egyptian star Mayar Sherif.
Also through to the final round of qualifying is Harriet Dart, who prevailed over Lucrezia Stefanini 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5), the first set seeing 10 breaks of serve.
Dart will go on to face Viktoriya Tomova while Katie Boulter will next play Kristina Kucova after beating Vitalia Diatchenko 6-2 5-7 6-4.
Liam Broady's US Open hopes were dashed by Marco Trungelliti who won 6-4 6-4.
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A trio of Brits fell at the second round in the women's draw, Francesca Jones going down 6-4 6-4 to Jaqueline Adina Cristian, Jodie Burrage losing in three sets to Stefanie Voegele 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) and Samantha Murray pipped by Monica Niculescu 6-4 3-6 6-3.