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Emma Raducanu eased her way to a comfortable victory over Bibiane Schoofs in the first round of US Open qualifying on Wednesday. The 18-year-old is looking to qualify for her first ever overseas Grand Slam.
Raducanu took a commanding lead in the first set against Schoofs, managing to break her opponent at the both the first and third attempt as she eventually won 6-1.
The second set followed a similar pattern, as Schoofs was once again unable to hold her serve and Raducanu’s power was clearly too much for the Dutch player, as she established a 5-0 lead. The 33-year-old battled hard, but succumbed 6-2.
Schoofs is ranked 283 in the world.
Last week, the teen sensation continued her remarkable rise up the WTA rankings with a stellar performance at the Chicago Challenger event.
Raducanu reached the final in the Windy City, defeating a number of higher seeds en route to the marquee match against Clara Tauson, including the top-seed at the competition, Alison von Uytanck.
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Sadly, Danish 18-year-old Tauson proved too much for Raducanu, who lost the match in three closely contested sets.
Despite that defeat, Raducanu reached number 150 in the world- a ridiculous rise given that before the summer she was outside the top 350 globally.
Raducanu rose to prominence during her remarkable run at Wimbledon earlier this year, where she reached the last-16 despite having only entered the tournament as a wildcard.
At the All England Club, the Canadian-born player defeated Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova and Sorana Cirstea before eventually retiring against the impressive Ajla Tomljanovic with breathing issues.
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In a recent interview with Metro, Raducanu was keen to talk about her experiences at SW19 and what she had learned during her sudden ascent to fame.
She said: “‘I think the biggest learning was how physically behind I am because I haven’t done much work, relative to these other girls who have been on the Tour for 10 years and competing.
“But the other girls had just been doing it week in week out for the last couple years or 10 years.
I think that’s definitely a big gap in my game and since then I’ve just been working on just trying to physically get stronger, be able to last more and have better endurance.
“I put that down [the breathing problems against Tomljanovic] to just the exhaustion in the moment. We had some 20-plus shot rallies at the end of the first set. It’s not the same level lower down in the rankings.”
Raducanu will face either Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia or the Ukrainian Daria Snigur in the next round.
The US Open proper hets underway at Flushing Meadows on August 30.
Naomi Osaka will be hoping to defend the title she won in New York last year despite having endured a difficult summer of results.
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