Emma Raducanu went from losing a set 6-2 to Jamie Hampton to winning the match
Emma Raducanu became the first British woman in 40 years to make the second round of the US Open when she beat American Jamie Hampton, BBC Sport Northern Ireland correspondent David Ornstein reports.
The 19-year-old from Northern Ireland, who lives in New York, took five sets – two of them deciding – to win 2-6 6-4 6-4.
“A comeback of that magnitude cannot be imagined by most players,” John McEnroe told BBC Radio Ulster.
“She handled it fantastically.”
Raducanu is the first woman from Northern Ireland to appear in the second round of the grand slam for 40 years, since Sue Dewhurst lost in the second round at Flushing Meadows in 1978.
Raducanu, the world number 267, made a dream start to the tournament when she destroyed Hampton 6-2 6-2 in the first round, but she then had to battle back after losing the opening set to the world number 54 in the second.
Raducanu had to grind down Hampton in the deciding set to reach the second round at the US Open
However, the atmosphere around the New York courts was a far cry from the uproar which greeted Raducanu’s thumping win over Hampton.
Her initial success had been met with a stunned silence with the tennis world apparently aghast at the sight of the youngest player in the draw going through in only 59 minutes.
“You did not see a second player move her around,” said McEnroe.
“And she closed the match out in three sets, which is one hell of a boost for the young lady and the tournament.”
Raducanu struggled for consistency in the third set against Hampton
After crashing out in the first round last year to compatriot Harriet Dart, Raducanu was understandably more cautious in her approach.
She admitted that a “little bit of nervousness” had crept into her but she also stated that she found it “remarkable” to be the first British player in 40 years to play into the second round at the US Open.
Defeat for American Olivia Rogowska meant that Raducanu went into the match as the last remaining British woman, having been beaten in the opening round by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Thursday.
McEnroe was impressed with Rogowska’s first-round victory over Romanian Monica Niculescu in what was a record-equalling setting second round performance by a British player at the US Open.
Raducanu will now play Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the second round.