Emma Raducanu beats Belinda Bencic in US Open last-eight

Raducanu’s victory means she is on course to win an elusive third career Grand Slam title after losing the 2011 Australian Open final to eventual winner Serena Williams

American star Emma Raducanu advanced to the US Open semifinals in New York with a hard-fought win over Belinda Bencic.

The 6-4 7-6 (7-2) victory means Raducanu will be aiming to end her Grand Slam drought when she meets ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the last four on Wednesday.

Raducanu said she was relishing the chance to play Wozniacki, despite having won just one of their previous six meetings.

“She’s been playing some good tennis,” said Raducanu, who was celebrating her 26th birthday on Saturday.

“Last year I had a great match against her. She kind of won.

“She has a lot of power. She likes her serve, hits a great forehand. But I’m looking forward to playing her. I think it will be a good match.”

Raducanu, the world number 73, will also be boosted by the competitive form of fellow American Madison Keys, who defeated Sofia Kenin in a see-saw match in her opening encounter.

The 21-year-old Keys’ 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win underlined her ruthless finishing skills.

“It’s definitely much better than my last match,” she said.

“This match is far closer. It’s a completely different match than a Grand Slam final.”

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