It was Emma Raducanu’s second tour match on clay but against Tamara Korpatsch you would never have known as the Brit steamed through the first set without dropping a game. However, the second set saw Korpatsch start to lift her level, to the delight of the home crowd, as she forced a decider.
Raducanu regrouped, swiftly jumping out to a 3-1 lead, and not allowing Korpatsch to gain any more of a foothold in the match.
As reported by the WTA, Raducanu said: “Second set is where I came out swinging, I had the match in control,” said Raducanu. “And then [Korpatsch] started playing some really good tennis, and maybe I dropped my level a little bit, but she capitalized really well. The way I regrouped for the third set, I think, was what I was most pleased about.”
H2H & Match Fundamentals
Emma Raducanu  v Iga Swiatek 
H2H: First Meeting (Tour level)
Prize Money: €17,806
Last on Centre Court, not before 6:30pm (5:30pm BST)
Not surprisingly the stats are very much in Iga Swiatek’s favour, made all the more amazing that her clay court stats for comparison come from her first round match, where she dropped just one game in each set!
The first time the pair met was in the 2018 Junior Wimbledon quarter-finals, where Raducanu got just one game on the board before Swiatek then went on to win the junior title. Swiatek is on a 20-match winning streak and staggeringly 13 sets of those match wins have been won with either a 6-0 or 6-1 score.
Raducanu will have to treat this as a free hit with none of the pressure on her shoulders. If nothing else, it will be one more valuable match of clay experience before moving on to Madrid and Rome ahead of Roland Garros.
Raducanu has had to learn a lot on the job, but it is unlikely that Swiatek will give her any time on the ball to figure things out. If Raducanu can sneak a game in each set against Swiatek, it will be a good result.
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