Miami Open: Emma Raducanu overtakes Marta Kostyuk in a convincing performance | Tennis News

Raducanu continues his return to form after winning 11 of the last 12 against Tereza Martincova in the previous round; Ukrainian opponent Kostyuk blown 6-2 6-1

Last update: 05/01/22 17:56

Emma Raducanu lost just three games in dominant Madrid win

Emma Raducanu lost just three games in dominant Madrid win

Emma Raducanu produced her best performance since the US Open to overtake Marta Kostyuk and advance to the third round of the Madrid Open.

Having won back-to-back victories at an event just once in the seven months since his triumph in New York, Raducanu has now done so twice in as many weeks.

A lucky draw helped Stuttgart before they put in a very creditable performance by beating world number one Iga Swiatek in the quarter-finals.

The 19-year-old built on that in the Spanish capital, winning 11 of the last 12 games to see Tereza Martincova in the first round after a poor start and then racing to a 6-2 6-1 success against another teenager . Kostyuk.

Speaking on the pitch, Raducanu said: “I’m definitely very happy with my performance today. Marta is a great opponent, we played several times at the youth level and then once last year.

“I knew it was always going to be a really tough battle, so I went in there trying to be really aggressive and it really paid off.”

The couple are almost the same age, but Ukraine’s Kostyuk, who has spoken at length about the effect the war in her homeland has had on her, has been performing on the main tour since she was 15 while Raducanu has prioritized his schoolwork and has been a full-time professional for less than a year.

They played in Romania last October, with Raducanu hit by illness and Kostyuk winning by an identical scoreline, but here the British player started on the right foot and didn’t let go.

Everything worked, especially his forehand and serve, with Raducanu dropping just six points on his own delivery during the game.

The ninth seed will next face another Ukrainian in Anhelina Kalinina, who was a surprisingly one-sided winner against homegrown star Garbine Muguruza.

Clay isn’t normally a particularly happy hunting ground for British players, but Madrid’s altitude makes for quicker conditions and Raducanu’s win was one of three on Sunday.

Rank-climbing Jack Draper, 20, picked up his second-best ranked victory, beating world No. 27 Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-3 in his first tour-level match on clay.

Sonego has struggled this season and 124-ranked Draper took full advantage to take on sixth seed Andrey Rublev.

Dan Evans arrived in Madrid having lost six of his last seven matches, but won 6-3 6-4 against Argentinian Federico Delbonis.

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