US Open 2021: Raducanu vs Bencic – preview, start time and live stream
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On Monday evening, Emma Raducanu became the youngest British player to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open in 62 years, defeating Shelby Rogers in straight sets.
Next up, she will face Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallist and World No.12, Belinda Bencic, for the chance to progress to the semi-finals.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s match and where you can watch it live.
What time does the match start?
Raducanu vs Bencic will be the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium today, 8 September.
The quarter-final match will start at 5:00pm BST.
Where can you watch?
All coverage of the 2021 US Open is available to watch in the UK exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Raducanu comes into the match having only dropped 15 games in the tournament so far – the fewest of any player left in the draw and the fewest of any female US Open quarter-finalist since Serena Williams in 2013.
The LTA Pro-Scholarship Programme player has looked dominant across all areas of her game but especially off her groundstrokes – which have given her a platform to put her opponents under serious pressure. Her return of serve has been particularly strong, winning 55% of return points in the last round – the highest in the field.
Across seven matches so far at Flushing Meadows – including qualifiers and the main draw – she is yet to drop a set and looked unphased on the biggest stage against Rogers in the fourth round. In the previous rounds she recorded comfortable victories over Stefanie Voegele, as well as top-50 players, Zhang Shuaui and Sara Sorribes Tormo.
This will be the 18-year-old’s toughest challenge to date as she takes on the 11th seed and the Olympic champion, Belinda Bencic.
Bencic will be the first opponent that Raducanu has faced ranking in the top-20 and having won 13 of her last 14 matches, is one of the in-form players on the WTA Tour.
The World No.12 is no stranger to the latter stages at Flushing Meadows, having reached the semi-finals in her last appearance back in 2019, where she lost to eventual champion, Bianca Andreescu.
Raducanu will need to be particularly wary of the Bencic serve – the Swiss star currently ranks 19th on aces (136) and service points won (60%) across all WTA players this season. At this year’s tournament, she’s already won 35 of 38 service games across her four matches to date.