Emma Raducanu’s resurgence halted at Madrid Open as she fails to roar past Anhelina Kalinina
Emma Raducanu fought valiantly after a poor start, but in the end Anhelina Kalinina held her nerve to claim her second win over a Grand Slam champion at the Madrid Open.
Having won back-to-back matches for the first time this year en route to the third round in the Spanish capital, Raducanu failed to carry the momentum into the clash as she got off to nightmare start and, although she fought back well in the second set, she eventually went down 2-6, 6-2, 4-6.
The wins keep coming
— wta (@WTA) May 3, 2022
The win saw Kalinina, who defeated two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza in the third round, reach her maiden WTA 1000 quarter-final where she will face Jill Teichmann.
Raducanu was broken to love in the opening game of the match and the Ukrainian proved to be solid on serve as the US Open champion didn’t get a sniff at a break point. Kalinina broke a second time in game seven and then served it out.
The 19-year-old Raducanu felt her back during the latter stages of the first set and had a medical timeout between sets.
It appeared to have done the trick as she broke in game two, but Kalinina hit back straightaway only for Raducanu to get a second break in game three.
A third break in game eight saw the match go to a decider and the teenager let out a loud roar at the end of the set.
— wta (@WTA) May 3, 2022
Raducanu was first to blink in the third set as she was broken in game three, but world No 11 was back on serve in game six with a break of her own.
The deciding break came in game nine, but Raducanu had an opportunity to break back in the next game. The chance came and went and Kalinina secured the victory on her second match point.
“I want to give credit to Emma because I think we both played very good quality, the match was great in my opinion,” Kalinina said on Amazon Prime.
“I appreciate in this moment I was maybe luckier and I did better in the decisive points. I am happy I won this match.”
Teichmann, meanwhile, advanced with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Elena Rybakina.
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