Billie Jean King Cup: Emma Raducanu keeps Great Britain in the tie

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

British No 1 Emma Raducanu kept her team in their Billie Jean King Cup tie against the Czech Republic.

Raducanu secured her first career match win on clay by beating Tereza Martincova 7-5, 7-5 to level the tie at 1-1.

Earlier Harriet Dart was overwhelmed 6-1, 6-0 by Marketa Vondrousova to leave Great Britain 1-0 down after the first match of the tie.

Raducanu will take to the court first on Saturday for her second match of the tie against Vondrousova.

A win for Raducanu in that match will leave Great Britain needing to win either Dart’s reverse match of the doubles encounter.

“This one means so much to me because it is my first match in the Billie Jean King Cup and representing the team in my first match on clay,” Raducanu said.

“We’re still in this battle and it’s all to play for tomorrow.

“The team had my back 100% as we had Harriet’s back this morning. It is amazing to be in team event in an individual sport and I’m cherishing the matches this week.

“The 2018 French Open was four years ago, I can’t believe it. Playing on clay took some adjusting even now. With the wind and some tricky bounces, to adjust and adapt in the situation was very challenging but I’m proud of how I dug in.

“In the beginning of the second set I went a bit flat and everyone in team said the intensity had dropped. It is difficult to regain that but glad I did in the end.”

Vondrousova made quick work of Dart but conceded that she was suffering from nerves at the outset.

“I was nervous – I’m at home so I want to play a great match and then I just got into my rhythm. I felt good,” she said.

“Many people came to support and I have family here, so i’s nice. I’m enjoying it and I’m happy with the win.”