Continuing a streak that started in the qualifying draw, Emma Raducanu gained her 19th consecutive set at this U.S. Open in fashion, nevertheless it was a battle like none have been earlier than for her.
The 18-year-old from Britain earned double set level together with her opponent, Leylah Fernandez, serving at Four-5, hitting a sharply angled cross-court backhand return winner off a gradual Fernandez second serve.
Raducanu missed her first set level alternative by pushing a backhand lengthy, and couldn’t make a troublesome backhand lob on the run on her second alternative.
Raducanu earned a 3rd set level when Fernandez missed a forehand lengthy, however missed her backhand return into the online.
She acquired a fourth set level probability by stepping round her backhand and cracking a powerful inside-out forehand which Fernandez couldn’t corral together with her forehand. The fourth time was the appeal for Raducanu, who bent low to rifle a forehand winner down the road into the open court docket, ending the set after 58 minutes.
Raducanu turned to the group and raised her arms, encouraging them to amplify their already ample applause for the show they’ve seen from each youngsters in the present day.
Fernandez left the court docket after the set for a break; Raducanu stayed in her seat and loved some snacks.