Qualifier Emma Raducanu, 18, ‘surprised’ with her sensational US Open campaign

Rising British star Emma Raducanu admitted she was “surprised she was here” after making the US Open quarterfinal. 

Raducanu, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 150 in the world, had to make it past three qualifying matches at Flushing Meadows to earn a main draw place. 

On Monday, Raducanu saw off home favorite Shelby Rogers 6-2 6-1 to reach the US Open quarterfinal. 

Raducanu has now played a total of seven matches at the US Open and she has yet to drop a set. 

“Personally I am surprised that I’m here. I knew I was doing a lot of great work that would pay off someday, but you never know when,” Raducanu said after her win, per WTA Insider. 

“I’m super appreciative of the moment. To be here in the US Open quarterfinal, after not playing for 18 months, is absolutely just incredible.”

Rogers stood no chance against Raducanu 

“It was a tough day at the office. Unfortunately I had to fail in front of 1000s and 1000s of people. So I have to live with that one,” Rogers noted. 

“I told you guys the other night it took everything I had to beat Barty. I guess that was a little apparent today. The tank was empty.”

A round earlier, Rogers claimed a shock win over top-seeded Ashleigh Barty. 

“Yeah, I mean, I think someone asked me the other day some advice I would give, and I said try not to get too high or too low with every match. It’s tough when you know you have a win like that and everybody is treating it like the final. Everybody coming up to me on site — I’m really actually happy I had doubles yesterday because it kind of refocused me a little bit, but everyone is coming up to you, ‘Oh, great win.’ I’m like,’Yeah, but it’s just the third round.’ We are not even halfway right now,” Rogers said.