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US Open 2021: Raducanu vs Sakkari – preview, start time and live stream

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After defeating Olympic gold medallist, Belinda Bencic, in straight sets, Emma Raducanu will now face 17th seed Maria Sakkari for a place in the US Open final.

Raducanu is the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows in the Open Era and will be bidding to become only the fourth British woman to reach a Grand Slam final.

Find out everything you need to know about Raducanu vs Sakkari here.

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What time does the match start?

Raducanu vs Sakkari will be the second match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The semi-final clash will begin after the Leylah Fernandez vs Aryna Sabalenka match and will start from 12:00am BST.

Where can you watch?

All coverage of the 2021 US Open is available to watch in the UK exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Preview

Raducanu comes in as one of the strongest performers at this year’s US Open draw in a number of key areas – she is yet to drop a set and has only lost 22 games on her way to the semi-final.

Find out more about Emma Raducanu

Her groundstrokes continue to be a big weapon for the young Brit – posting 23 winners in her victory over Bencic – but her mental strength has also stood her apart from the rest of the field. In the quarter-final she saved four out of five break points to see out a career best win over a top-20 opponent.

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The 18-year-old is the first player to come through qualifiers and reach the semi-finals and has beaten top-50 players, Zhang Shuaui, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers and former 11th seed Bencic.

Raducanu is part of the LTA's Pro-Scholarship Programme, the highest level of support offered to developing players by the LTA. It is offered to players aged between 16 and 24 with the best chance of reaching the ATP/WTA top 100 singles. As part of her team in New York, the young Brit is being supported by Iain Bates, LTA Head of Women's Tennis, and Will Herbert from the LTA's science and medicine team, and the duo will once again be in her box for the semi-final.

Standing in the way of Raducanu reaching a Grand Slam final in only her second event is World No.18, Maria Sakkari.

Sakkari has been in fantastic form in New York and has already claimed impressive victories over Petra Kvitova, former champion Bianca Andreescu and World No.4 Karolina Pliskova.

She is the only Greek woman to go beyond the round of 16 at a Grand Slam and progressed to the semi-finals at Roland Garros earlier this year. Last year she reached the fourth round at the US Open – her previous best result – before losing to Serena Williams in three sets.