Emma Raducanu hampered by injury on way to hard fought loss in Linz
Emma Raducanu has had an unfortunate end to her competitive WTA season by going out of the Linz Open event in her first match.
The 18-year-old entered the WTA 250 event as the top seed. She comes in off the back of her run to the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open.
Raducanu took on Chinese qualifier and world number 106 Xinyu Wang. And the lower ranked player displayed the greater quality to start, claiming the opening set 6-1.
A flurry of breaks in the second eventually culminated in a tiebreak, which Raducanu then swept 7-0 to force a deciding set.
And that decider remained on serve until 4-4, at which point Wang broke the Brit to give herself a chance to serve for the match.
But Raducanu had been struggling with a leg injury, and requested the physio to come to court.
The teen then broke back to level the set 5-5, before Wang made it three breaks on the bounce. The qualifier finally sealed victory after over two and a half hours, 6-1, 6-7 (0-7), 7-5,
It is Wang’s first top 50 win of her career. Moreover, it is simultaneously her first top 20 win, as Raducanu is the world number 20.
While the Brit will be disappointed to end her season in this fashion, she now has time to rest ahead of the 2022 season.
While her competitive season is over, she will appear in an exhibition session at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Champions Tennis event there.
Finally, Raducanu will also appear at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi in mid-December.
Next in Linz, Wang will face eighth seed and world number 73 Alison Riske of the USA.
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