Emma Raducanu in the third round of the 2021 US Open in New York
Emma Raducanu in the third round of the 2021 US Open in New York | (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tennis | WTA Guadalajara 2022 | Emma Raducanu returns to the tour and faces Daria Saville in her opener

By Ros Satar

  • Emma Raducanu [1] v Daria Saville
  • H2H: First Meeting
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – Emma Raducanu re-joins the WTA tour as she leads the field in WTA Guadalajara.


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Emma Raducanu [1] v Daria Saville | H2H: First Meeting

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Emma Raducanu had 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 [1] v Daria Saville H2H: First Meeting
WTA Guadalajara Mexico
Hard (O) Prize Money: $2,675
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022 – Hard)

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H2H: Emma Raducanu (WR 12) Daria Saville (WR 627)
Tournament Previous Best Debut Debut
1st Serve Return Points Won % 38.5 32.2
Return Points Won % 44.9 39.2
Break Point Conversion % 52.2 51.7
Break Points Saved % 48.2 52.5
Total Points Won % 47.8 47.2

Despite having played a lot less, Raducanu is still ahead on stats except for being able to save break points.


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Playing Styles & Prediction

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.

Prediction: Raducanu in three sets.



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