Emma Raducanu exacts revenge over fellow teen talent to move on in Madrid
Emma Raducanu is now into the third round of the Madrid Open after ousting fellow 19-year-old Marta Kostyuk in straight sets.
The British world number 11 put on a powerful display to overwhelm her opponent 6-2, 6-1 in a little over an hour in the Spanish capital to claim consecutive wins since announcing her split from coach Torben Beltz.
The victory sees Raducanu into the last 16 without dropping a set, as well as levelling her professional head-to-head with Kostyuk after losing to the world number 60 at the Transylvania Open in October.
The Brit said in her post-match interview: “I’m definitely very happy with my performance today.
“Marta is a great opponent, we played several times as juniors then once last year.
“I knew it was always going to be a really tough battle so I went out there trying to be really aggressive and it definitely paid off.”
Raducanu is now 7-7 across all competitions in 2022, going 5-2 on clay in particular.
The impact of that form is enhanced by the fact that Raducanu had not played a professional match on clay before last month.
In fact, her most recent competitive clay match before Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers last month came nearly four years ago at junior Roland Garros when she was just 15 years old.
Next up, Raducanu takes on another Ukrainian in Anhelina Kalinina for a place in the quarter-finals.
The world number 37 downed home talent Garbine Muguruza in her second round match, meaning half of the 16 seeds in the women’s draw are already out after just two rounds of play.
It also means that Raducanu is the highest ranked player left in her quarter, making her the rankings favourite to advance to the semi-finals from her section.
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