Emma Raducanu admits to replicating US Open tactic in recent win
Emma Raducanu claimed her first career WTA tour clay victory as she beat Australian qualifier Storm Sanders comfortably in straight sets as she used a familiar US Open tactic to clinch the opening round win.
The 19-year-old British starlet now holds a 2-1 win-loss record in professional tennis on clay courts after advancing to the second round of the WTA 500 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
Raducanu stormed past Sanders wrapping up the victory in just a little over an hour to win 6-1, 6-2.
It was also Raducanu’s first career victory at the WTA 500 level – after losses in San Jose and Sydney prior to the win Stuttgart.
The win in Germany comes after Raducanu’s injury hit Billie Jean King Cup debut as she won one and lost one of her two singles matches in Team Great Britain’s qualifier tie against the Czech Republic last week.
However, Emma Raducanu has now bounced back from her exploits in Prague as she won her first career WTA tour clay match.
Post-match, the US Open champion admitted to using her experience from the historic title run at Flushing Meadows to get the win in Stuttgart – aiming to play with zero expectations and just have fun.
“I mean at the US Open I think the biggest thing was just having zero expectation and just going out there and having fun every single match, having a swing and I think that’s something that overtime I’ve definitely developed and starting to do more and more so yeah, I’m just really enjoying my tennis at the moment.”
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