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US Open: Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter make winning starts to their qualifying bid | Tennis News

Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter fly into the second qualifying round of the US Open with high hopes of making it through to the main draw of the Grand Slam; Samantha Murray and Francesca Jones were first-round winners on Tuesday

Last Updated: 25/08/21 6:52pm

British teenager Emma Raducanu made a strong start to her bid to reach the US Open main draw

British teenager Emma Raducanu made a strong start to her bid to reach the US Open main draw

British duo Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter made a strong start to their bid to reach the main draw of the women’s singles at the US Open.

Raducanu’s world ranking, on the back of her strong showing in Chicago last week where she made the Challenger event final, is now up to 150.

That granted her a seeding of 31 at the qualifying tournament and she made a superb start to her campaign in New York on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old dropped just three games as she rolled over Holland’s Bibiane Schoofs, the world No 283, 6-1 6-2 in the first round of qualifying.

Raducanu, who memorably reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last month, needs two more wins to reach the main draw of what would be her first overseas Grand Slam.

Fellow Brit Katie Boulter, seeded one place lower at 32, is also comfortably through after a 6-3 6-2 win over American Gabriella Price.

Jodie Burrage, Harriet Dart and Liam Broady will hope to join Raducanu, Boulter, Samantha Murray and Francesca Jones in the second round of qualifying when they play later.

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