Emma Raducanuhad looked to be at the start of a decent run at the Australian Open, before a blister hampered her in the second round, and it has been a long rest and recovery for the reigning US Open champion.
But she’s back and has another first-time match-up with the newly married Daria Saville. The Aussie has dropped way down the rankings and is coming in on a protected ranking, having had surgery after last year’s Australian Open on her Achilles tendon.
Saville has a couple more recent matches of competition under her belt, playing in the Canberra ITF event so I will be interesting to see who adapts better.
H2H & Match Fundamentals
Emma Raducanu  v Daria Saville
H2H: First Meeting
Prize Money: $2,675
Third on Estadio Akron, not before 7pm (1am GMT, Wednesday)
Saville had a great career as a junior and worked hard on trying to step up to the main tour by working on aspects of her game, like the serve, and on her backhand, to back up her favoured forehand. She will run all day and make Raducanu move and has decent variety.
Raducanu does play perhaps a more aggressive style and will look to take the ball early, with a strong serve, signature backhand and a decent forehand although it can be a little errant at times.
She dies have good court coverage though and should be able to keep up with wherever Saville wants to send her. It just comes down to how long it takes her to shake off the rust.
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