LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain plays a backhand during the Girl's Singles second round match against En Shuo Liang of Chinese Tapei on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
TIBERIAS, ISRAEL – Emma Raducanu came through qualifying and lifted the trophy to claim her first pro title. The 15 year old Brit didn’t drop a set to claim the title.
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Emma Raducanu entered the qualifying event in Tiberias, having received a bye in the first round. The Brit only lost three games in the final round of qualifying to book a place in the main draw.
In the first round the young Brit was against American Madison Bourguignon. The first set saw the American go toe to toe with Raducanu, but the Brit struck first and took the break needed to edge ahead in the set, holding serve to have the lead. In the second set, the Brit also only needed one break of serve to book a spot in the next round. Taking the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
The second round saw Raducanu against the fifth seed Melis Sezer. The Turkish player was no match for Raducanu in the first set, with the Brit dominating and easily taking the lead. In the second set Sezer tried to mount a fight back, but the Brit was able to secure the break of serve and take the win 6-1, 6-4.
In the quarter-final she was against Laetitia Pulchartova. The Czech struggled against the young Brit who continued from where she had left off from the last round. Raducanu broke at will whilst the Czech was unable to get anything on the serve of the Brit. In no time at all the young Brit had moved into the semi final in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
The semi-final Raducanu was facing third seed Vlada Ekshibarova. In the first set the seed stayed with the Brit at the start, but found the qualifier on another level. The Brit showed no fear and broke in the first set and never looked back. Ekshibarova was unable to hold serve in the second set as Raducanu romped away and booked a place in the final 6-3, 6-0.
In the final the young Brit was against the fourth seed Helene Scholsen. The Belgian stayed with Raducanu in the first set and forced a tiebreak, however the Brit was undaunted as she took the breaker without much trouble. The second set saw Raducanu break early to take the lead, but the Belgian broke back and would serve to level up the set. The Brit held firm and broke the seed just on the two hour mark to claim the title 7-6(3), 6-4.
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