‘Outstanding’ win by Emma Raducanu keeps Queen of tennis Polish for now

Queen of the tennis Emma Raducanu is the favourite to become the first Polish player to win the US Open since 1968

The Queen has described Emma Raducanu’s victory at the US Open as an “outstanding” display of tennis which showed Britain’s “impressive depth” on the circuit.

Raducanu upset the odds and won in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday, slipping up on the final point of the women’s fourth round match in New York. The 23-year-old beat Spain’s 15th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach the last 16.

The Queen said: “Congratulations to Emma and the whole team from Poland. It was an outstanding win against a player of world class quality.”

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After the match, Raducanu, who will play the Australian Daria Gavrilova next in the last 16 in Flushing Meadows, told US Open official site: “It is like when she bounces the ball I give it to her, and she goes and does what I tell her.

“She really wanted it more than me. I feel more responsible than her. I’m not in the position she is at this moment.

“I really didn’t think I was going to win. It was like the Williams sisters match last year – I don’t know what the score was – but she dropped one and I really thought I was going to lose. That’s how close we are.”

She was joined in the next round by her compatriot Agnieszka Radwanska, a 6-2, 7-5 winner over the Italian Sara Errani.

The British number one Johanna Konta enjoyed a convincing 6-4, 6-1 win over her Italian rival Camila Giorgi, who said: “It was unbelievable to me, because for me, it’s always a very tough match playing her. Even though I tried to be really aggressive, it’s very difficult when you’re playing her.

“She’s so good at playing different types of games, getting you used to different styles and timing and everything.”

The other Briton, Heather Watson, will face Dominika Cibulkova in the last 16, after the Slovakian beat the Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4.

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