Raducanu reacts to reaching the semi-final of US Open
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Emma Raducanu’s very own fairy tale of New York continued after another stunning victory on Wednesday night – but she’s revealed her parents will not be court-side if she makes it to Saturday’s final. Raducanu, 18, produced a dazzling display to see off Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic in straight sets to become the first qualifier in history to reach the women’s last four at Flushing Meadows. And now, only Maria Sakkari stands between the teenager and a place in the final.
Victory over the Greek player would see Raducanu become the first British woman to reach the final at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968, but unfortunately, parents Ian and Renee will not be there to see it.
Instead, the couple will be glued to the coverage at their home in Kent due to pandemic travel restrictions.
Raducanu explained: “It’s not possible, because you need a waiver and it takes a couple of weeks for approval.
“It’s too late, and they won’t be able to get one.”
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However, irrespective of them not being able to travel, Raducanu has insisted that she will continue to show the qualities her parents have instilled in her.
“I think my parents have both instilled in me from a very young age to definitely have a positive attitude on court,” she said.
“Because when I was younger, it was definitely an absolute no-go if I had any sort of bad attitude.
“So from a young age, I definitely learnt that, and it’s followed me until now.”
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Of course, a tough opponent still stands between Raducanu and a place in the final.
Sakkari, 26, who knocked out Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals, is renowned just as much for her fighting qualities as she is her technical ability. She arrived in America ranked 18th in the world and was seeded 17th for this event.
Under British coach Tom Hill, Sakkari reached the semi-finals at the French Open earlier this year but is yet to taste a Grand Slam final, meaning no matter who wins there will be a debut Major finalist in the US Open this year.
Raducanu, however, has not been fazed by facing higher ranked opponents so far. She had to come through qualifying to make it into the main draw but after wins over Stefanie Voegele, Shuai Zhang, Sara Sorribes Tormo and Shelby Rogers, was clinical in beating world number 11 and Olympic champion Bencic 6-3, 6-4.
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