US Open 2021: Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter place in the main draw of New York


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Emma Raducanu celebrates her placement in the main draw of the US Open
Raducanu reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon last month on her Grand Slam debut
Dates: August 30-12 September Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York
Coverage: Daily radio comments on the BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra / BBC Sport website and app, with selected live text comments and match reports on the website and in the app.

British teenager Emma Raducanu reached the main draw of the US Open for the first time with a dominant victory over Egyptian Mayar Sherif in the last qualification.

Raducanu, 18, won 6-1 6-4 against fourth-seeded Sheriff, who recently broke into the top 100 in the world.

She said, “It’s a great sense of accomplishment and I’m really proud of myself.”

Katie Boulter will also play in the New York main draw for the first time after defeating Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova.

The 25-year-old Briton overcame some physical problems in the heat and won 7-5 2-6 6-4 against eighth seed Kucova.

After knocking down the first set with a service break in the first game, Boulter needed a coach and a doctor in the second set where she was 5-0 behind.

The pair took a 10-minute break before deciding due to the heat, and Boulter won the last four games from a 4-2 deficit to reach the first round starting Monday at Flushing Meadows.

“I fought a little bit, I didn’t play too many matches since Wimbledon and it was brutal outside because of the heat,” Boulter said.

“It came to me in the second set after yesterday’s long match. There wasn’t much time until today’s match. I didn’t have much energy, I didn’t have much strength.

“The doctor gave me some things to relieve the nausea and that changed the situation. I felt like I did a great job in finding a way to get over it.”

Harriet Dart is the only British player to advance to the third and final qualifying rounds, playing later on Friday with Bulgaria’s 12th seed Viktoria Tomova.

The 25-year-old Londoner intends to join Johanna Konti, Heather Watson, Raducana and Boulter in the individual women’s draw.

Convinced Raducanu supports the Wimbledon race in New York

After announcing her arrival on the Grand Slam scene with a stunning move to the round of 16 of Wimbledon as a substitute, Raducanu now has the opportunity to shine on her first foreign major.

It was another sure performance from the world number 150, who supported his exploits at Wimbledon with three victories this week in the heat of Flushing Meadows.

She had to retire from a fourth-round match at the All England Club with difficulty breathing and dizziness, and this week she spoke of the need to “physically strengthen and have better endurance”.

Raducanu served well throughout the match against the Sheriff, winning her third match-ball – and first on the serve – with an ace in a row.

The teenager, who was awarded a replacement badge for Wimbledon, elicited a bright smile as she triumphantly raised both hands in the air after qualifying for the Grand Slam for the first time.

“It’s a very nice feeling to get to the main draw on my own, to make the most of every opportunity I get, what I want to do,” Raducanu said.

“The conditions were brutal for everyone, it was difficult to play in the heat. I recovered a lot [on Thursday night] and did everything in my power to try to give myself the best opportunity.

“In my mind, if I had lost, my physical ability would have let me down. So I’m very happy and I felt fresh outside.”

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