Emma Raducanu news: US Open champion reacts after Indian Wells win
Emma Raducanu admitted her first round match at the Indian Wells could have gone against her, but the US Open champion found a way to record a fine 6-1 3-6 6-1 win over Caroline Garcia.
Raducanu shook off injury concerns heading into the event to produce some fine tennis, with her first and third set performances giving her first win at Indian Wells.
“I thought the level of tennis was pretty high and it means a lot to have just come through that. It could have gone either way,” stated Raducanu.
“She plays extremely powerful and fast so as soon as I let up in the second set she climbed on top of it straight away.
“I knew I had to make some adjustments in the third set so I’m really happy that I was able to work that out in the match and come through a tough one.”
The 19-year-old feared she might have to miss one of the biggest tournaments on the calendar after picking up a leg injury in Mexico just over two weeks ago.
But she defied expectations by bouncing back in time to play at the BNP Paribas Open and delivered an impressive performance to sink the former world number four in a decisive final set.
It was a timely win for Raducanu, coming after a difficult start to the year which saw her battle coronavirus as well as blisters that hampered her progress at the Australian Open.
Raducanu was in full control as she raced through the first set and looked likely to make short work of her opponent when she broke immediately at the start of the second, but Garcia battled her way back into the match and there were fears the British number one’s testing start to the new campaign was set to continue.
Admirably, Raducanu responded immediately, racing into a 3-0 lead in the deciding set and then pouncing on her opponent’s increasing error count to set up a third-round meeting with Petra Martic.
Now the Brit will be eyeing her first extended run in a WTA 1000 event, with a place in the world’s top ten up for grabs if she can reach the latter stages of the Indian Wells tournament.
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