NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates in action against Harriet Dart of Great Britain during Day 3 of the Viking Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 07, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | US Open 2021 | Emma Raducanu sets up tricky third round encounter with Sar Sorribes Tormo
NEW YORK, USA – Emma Raducanu is the last British woman standing in the women’s singles as she advanced to the second round on her debut.
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Emma Raducanu def. Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4
The Emma Raducanu roadshow kept trucking along quite merrily with a straightforward win over Zhang Shuai. Having lost to her in San Jose, it was a nice measure of revenge, as the Brit, who has yet to drop a set in New York.
The first set was largely one way traffic for Raducanu, who swiftly jumped out to a 5-1 lead. And closed the first set out to love. Similarly, it was another quick start by the teenager, who was 4-0 to the good before Zhang reeled off three games on the trot to get back into the set, but it was not enough to tip the balance.
Their stats are surprising close given how many more matches that Sara Sorribes Tormo has played on hard courts to Raducanu (28 to 11) but the fine margins are the ones that count, and this will shape up to be Raducanu’s toughest match so far.
The Spaniard does describe her game as a typical Spanish game – defensive, coming in to finish at the net, drop shotting, slicing and dicing. We can expect to see it all, and the fact she has that much variety will test Raducanu well.
The Brit can probably rely on a few free points with her serving and more aggressive game, but that alone will not set aside a player who can be a headache with just her endless ability to get balls back all the live-long day.
Experience just might tell here, and Raducanu will have to fight and might just see at least one dropped set.
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