Emma Raducanu in the first round at 2022 Roland Garros, Paris, France
Emma Raducanu in the first round of 2022 Roland Garros, Paris, France | (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Tennis | WTA Indian Wells 2024 | Emma Raducanu advances via retirement and will face Aryna Sabalenka

By Ros Satar

  • Emma Raducanu [WC] v Aryna Sabalenka
  • H2H: First Meeting
PALM SPRINGS, USA – Emma Raducanu advance into the round after Dayana Yastremska retired just four games in, and faces reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka.


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Emma Raducanu [WC] v Aryna Sabalenka | H2H: First Meeting

Emma Raducanu [WC] v Aryna Sabalenka H2H: First Meeting
WTA Indian Wells California, USA
Hard (O) Prize Money: $30,050
Second on Stadium 1, not before 8pm Sky/Now TV <- Subscription Required

Emma Raducanu may well need the reserved energy as her opposition up a gear as she faces the world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Emma Raducanu (WR 250) Aryna Sabalenka (WR2)
Tournament Previous Best R16 (2023) Final (2023)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 37.3 41.9
Return Points Won % 42.6 49.9
Break Point Conversion % 42.2 48.6
Break Points Saved % 53.2 50.0
Overall Service Points Won % 57.0 65.7

It is hardly surprising that Sabalenka leads Raducanu in almost all the stats. Raducanu just pips her in terms of saving break points.



Playing Styles & Prediction

Raducanu’s stats when it comes to saving break points might well come to her rescue, as she will be put under immense pressure when she takes on repeating Australian Open champion Sabalenka. That being said, Sabalenka had to come from a set behind to make it on to the third round.

She has had a fair bit of time off, and lost in her opener in Dubai, so there is potentially still some rust to shake off.

For Raducanu, it presents a good opportunity to measure herself against the best players. This time last year, she was stpped in the fourth round by world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. She is most definitely the underdog but this tournament has already given her first back-to-back wins this year.

Prediction: Sabalenka in straight sets.


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