Emma Raducanu in the third round of Wimbledon 2021, London, Uk
Emma Raducanu in the third round of Wimbledon 2021, London, UK | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | Wimbledon 2022 | Emma Raducanu faces a tough opener against Alison Van Uytvanck

By Ros Satar

  • Emma Raducanu [10] v Alison Van Uytvanck
  • Raducanu leads H2H
LONDON, UK – Emma Raducanu faces a big challenge – not just overcoming her physical issues – when she faces Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round of Wimbledon.


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Emma Raducanu [10] v Alison Van Uytvanck | H2H & Match Fundamentals

Emma Raducanu [10] v Alison Van Uytvanck H2H: First Meeting
Wimbledon London, UK
Grass (O) Prize Money: £50,000
Second on Centre Court, not before 3:30pm BST BBC Sport


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Emma Raducanu (WR 11) Alison Van Uytvanck (WR 46)
Tournament Previous Best R4 (2021) R4 (2018)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 46.7 38.8
Return Points Won % 54.5 44.6
Break Point Conversion % 40 52.9
Break Points Saved % 25 66.7
Total Points Won % 46.5 54.3

Although given Emma Raducanu’s scant season so far, in general and on the grass, she has proved to be a more superior returner than Alison Van Uytvanck. However, it is quite telling that Raducanu’s inconsistency over the season in converting and saving break point chances is a real low-point in this stats comparison – and a worry.


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Playing Styles & Prediction

Van Uytvanck is a tough first round for Raducanu. She has a powerful first serve and like Raducanu, she plays an aggressive baseline game, but she is also adept in coming to the net. Raducanu will have to find ways to nullify the Belgian’s forehand.

The Brit likes to take the ball on the rise, and we will need to see how that injury holds up when she goes for her signature backhand down the line. They both have good movement and footwork, and Raducanu is also quite capable at the net.

But Raducanu has played (and not even completed) one match on the grass while the Belgian is 7-2 this year on the green stuff. She will come into form, while all eyes will be on Raducanu to see if she is fit enough to go toe-to-toe with the Belgian.

Prediction: Raducanu in three sets.



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