US Open 2021: Barty defeats Tauson, Raducanu beats Zhang – as it happened!

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Emma Raducanu impressed once more as she made her way into the third round at Flushing Meadows

That’s all for now. We’ll be back in a couple of hours with MBM coverage of Novak Djokovic’s second-round tie with Tallon Griekspoor. Until then!

Some other results are trickling in from around the grounds. Seventh-seeded Iga Swiatek has come from behind for a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over France’s Fiona Ferro, Maria Sakkari has won 6-4, 6-2 over Katerina Siniakova, while Russia’s Varvara Gracheva has won 6-4, 6-4 over the 24th-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain.

Iga Swiatek
Poland’s Iga Swiatek is through to the third round at the US Open. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

Emma Raducanu banks $180,000 for reaching the third round at the US Open. That’s well over half of her career earnings entering the tournament ($303,376). And as our Tumaini Carayol observes, she’s likely one win away from making the Australian Open main-draw cut.

Emma Raducanu en-route to her first US Open R3:

QR1: d. Schoofs 6-1 6-2
QR2: d. Bolkvadze 6-3 7-5
QR3: d. Sherif 6-1 6-4
R1: d. Voegele 6-2 6-3
R2: d. Zhang 6-2 6-4

Raducanu is now around #116 and a win away from likely making the AO MD cut. Just 6 events ago, she was #361

— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) September 2, 2021

Top seed Ash Barty is through to the third round after winning 6-1, 7-5 over Clara Tauson. A far more promising second set for the Danish teenager, who managed to break the world No 1 when she was first serving for the match. Barty, who faces the winner of today’s Shelby Rogers-Sorana Cirstea match, has never made it past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows but appears poised to make a run at her first hard-court major title after previous wins on clay and grass, having won her second career WTA 1000 title on the surface this year and 25 of 28 matches on American pavement since the start of 2019.

Ashleigh Barty
The Barty Party rages on in Flushing Meadows. Photograph: TPN/Getty Images

Emma Raducanu wins 6-2, 6-4 to reach third round!

Emma Raducanu is through to the third round of the US Open after holding on for a 6-2, 6-4 win in 82 minutes. A very composed performance from the British teenager amid an overflow crowd on Court 10. She advances to face Sara Sorribes Tormo, the 41st-ranked Spaniard who’s just won in straight sets over Hsieh Su-wei over on Court 12.

Believe it @EmmaRaducanu 😊

You're through to Round 3 of the #USOpen

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2021


Belinda Bencic is through to the third round after a straightforward 6-3, 6-1 win over Martina Trevisan. Only three unforced errors for the Tokyo Olympic gold medalist in the second set and eight overall. She advances to face the winner of today’s match between Japan’s Misaki Doi and No 23 seed Jessica Pegula of the United States, which is second on Court 17.

Belinda Bencic returns a shot during her victory over Martina Trevisan.
Belinda Bencic returns a shot during her victory over Martina Trevisan. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP


A bit of a wobble from Raducanu, who gives back one of the breaks from 40-15 on her serve. She’s still ahead 6-2, 4-2 with Zheng to serve as the match enters its second hour.

Emma Raducanu fires a forehand to Shuai Zhang.
Emma Raducanu fires a forehand to Shuai Zhang. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA


Bencic is a couple of games from round three after taking a 6-3, 4-0 lead over Trevisan. Meanwhile on Court 17, the young American up-and-comer Reilly Opelka has taken a first-set tiebreaker over Lorenzo Musetti.

Raducanu has just broken Zhang again in a 16-point marathon for a 6-1, 3-0 lead. The 18-year-old closed the seesaw game with a crisp forehand winner from the baseline. That’s 21 winners on the day against a scant five unforced errors.

Elsewhere on the outer courts, seventh-seeded Iga Swiatek has dropped the opening set against France’s Fiona Ferro, 6-3. They’re on serve at 2-all in the second.

Raducanu has broken Zhang in the opening game of the second set. Zhang saved a first break point at 30-40 with a backhand winner at 30-40, then a second with a 98mph service winner for deuce, but finally blinked on the third with an unforced error off the backhand side. Raducanu then consolidated after falling behind 15-30 on her serve, capping the hold with a 97mph ace out wide. Fantastic stuff from Britain’s emerging star, who is closing in on a spot in the third round.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates against Zhang Shuai of China during Thursday’s match. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Ashleigh Barty has taken the oppening set from Clara Tauson, 6-1. The set lasted 31 minutes in all, including a marathon 13-minute second game that featured no fewer than 10 break-point chances. The top-seeded Aussie has struck 12 winners to 10 unforced errors, compared to five winners and 14 UFEs for Tauson.

Emma Raducanu has taken the first set from Zhang Shuai in 31 minutes. After holding for 5-1, the British teenager pushed Zhang on her serve only for the Chinese to hold from love-30 down. From there Raducanu held at love, closing out the set with her 11th and 12th winners of the afternoon (against only three unforced errors in all).

Meanwhile on Armstrong, Belinda Bencic is out in front of Italy’s Martina Trevisan early in the first set. The No 11 seed and recently minted Olympic gold medalist squandered three break-point chances after racing ahead to love-40 on Trevisan’s serve to open the match, but answered with back-to-back winners from the baseline to secure the early break. They’ve traded holds since then and Bencic is now serving at 3-2.

Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland serves to Martina Trevisan, of Italy during their second-round match. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

Emma Raducanu has taken a double-break lead over Zhang Shuai on Court 10. Shuai only faced two break points in a slog of a fifth game that spanned 18 points in all, saving the first with a backhand winner from the baseline. But the opportunistic Raducanu stepped up and ripped a forehand return winner on the second, taking this opening set by the scruff. She will serve for a 5-1 lead after the change of ends.

Zhang Shuai is on the board, capping an easy hold of serve with an 88mph second-serve ace to follow her opening wobble. Raducanu then holds for 3-1.

Meanwhile on Ashe, Ashleigh Barty opened with a hold in her second-round matchup with Denmark’s Clara Tauson, then broke Tauson for a 2-0 lead after a marathon 24-point second game that spanned more than 13 minutes. Tauson saved nine break points before finally giving in on the 10th.

Ashleigh Barty
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty hits a return to Denmark’s Clara Tauson during their second-round match. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Raducanu has backed up the break for a 2-0 lead. After falling behind love-30 in her opening service game, the 18-year-old rattled off four quick points including a forehand volley winner and a 88mph second-serve service winner.

Well, well, well. Emma Raducanu has just broken China’s Zhang Shuai at love in the opening service game of their second-round match on Court 10, helped along by a double fault. A promising start for the young British standout.

Hello and welcome to Flushing Meadows for today’s day four of the US Open. Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty and emerging British star Emma Raducanu have just taken the court for their second-round matches on Ashe and Court 10, respectively, so we’ll dispense with the throat-clearing and keep you posted on the latest.

Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his report from a soggy Wednesday night session in Queens.


Bryan Armen Graham at Flushing Meadows

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