With trial coach Dmitry Tursunov helping her during this swing as she prepares to defend her US Open crown, Emma Raducanu is back on the courts. It is fair to say that her time on the tour since her landmark win has been a battle, with injury niggles and inconsistent results.
With one quarter-final to her name, and just two back-to-back wins this season, Raducanu will look to Tursunov to help get her back on track.
With her original opponent Maria Bouzkova withdrawing after winning the tournament in Prague, Raducanu gets qualifier Louisa Chirico in her opener. With a preference for clay, Chirico has opted for a lot of the season to hit the ITF clay court tournaments with just a smattering of other surfaces, but of course will come into this match with a couple of wins at the tournament other her belt. Chirico went the distance in both her qualifying rounds and so expect her to make life hard for a potentially rusty Raducanu.
Harriet Dartstarts her US campaign at a career high thanks to a couple of solid performances on the grass. Dart comes in with some form but has had a log break, while Zhu Lin dropped into an exhibition in Prague and back down to the ITF levels to keep her match-sharpness coming into this swing.
We can expect a fast paced, aggressive match, but Dart had the measure of the Chinese player in their last encounter in Miami 2021 qualifying.
Dart has had a great year, buoyed by a run from qualies to the fourth round of Indian Wells in the spring US swing.
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