The talented teen snatched the first set, breaking in the final game after the pair went toe-to-toe. The Czech looked to have all the momentum at the start of the second set, breaking once more but Raducanu broke to get things back on serve at the first changeover.
That turned the tide for the Brit, who broke again and kept that advantage to level the match. She put pedal to the metal at the start of the third set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead, but squandered three match points trying to break the Czech for the match, before getting the win on her own serve.
Emma Raducanu v Viktoria Kuzmova | H2H & Match Fundamentals
Viktoria Kuzmova has been in the Top 50 but had has not really found the heights of her 2019 season that saw her hit her career high. Then again, Raducanu’s struggles on her first full year on the tour was hardly plain sailing either.
Over 2022 on the hard courts, Raducanu has a slight edge in most of the stats, except when it came to saving break points.
Playing Styles & Prediction
Expect to have to pray for the yellow fluffies as Kuzmova likes to play fast and aggressive. She can generate pace of both wings, making her pretty hard to hit through, and together with a strong serve, she will be a handful.
Raducanu has worked hard on her fitness, which will have been tested, having had to go the distance already. She excels on taking the ball on the rise, so anything she can do to take time away from Kuzmova will serve her well.
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