‘Put Emma Raducanu on!’ – Andy Murray frustrated as Aussie TV snubs Slam champs
Emma Raducanu looked to have a tough draw for her first ever Australian Open match, but she proved that assumption wrong with an impressive debut victory.
Raducanu claimed the first set in just 17 minutes against 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens, clinching the set 6-0.
In fact, Stephens won just four points to Raducanu’s 24 in the opener as the Brit recreated her US Open form.
🇬🇧 Emma Raducanu serves up a bagel in just 17 minutes 🥯
This has been a dominant display so far from the US Open champion 💪#AusOpen | @EmmaRaducanu | @the_LTA pic.twitter.com/CZxcBlgMEV
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 18, 2022
Unbelievably, despite the fact that both she and Stephens are US Open champions, Raducanu’s match was not available to view on Channel 9 in Australia according to fellow Brit and three-time Slam champion Andy Murray as he took to Twitter in response.
“Listen to Andy,” the WTA tweeted shortly afterwards.
listen to andy https://t.co/Ljtb3YFxSX
— wta (@WTA) January 18, 2022
Stephens settled into the match in the second, levelling the tie with a 6-2 scoreline.
However, Raducanu did not fold as she dominated the scoreboard as she did in the first to win 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 in a little under two hours on court, but not before an insect on the court broke her rhythm on her first match point, the Brit clinching victory at her third opportunity.
If you include her three qualification wins to enter the 2021 US Open, Raducanu has now won 11 consecutive matches at Slam level across that event and now the Australian Open.
The 19-year-old will face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic after the world number 98 ousted Korean qualifier Su Jeong Jang 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
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