2022 – Emma Raducano falls to the Citi Open in the quarter-finals against Samsonova | Tennis

Emma Radocano’s thrilling run at the City Open ended with a straight quarter-final loss to Lyudmila Samsonova in Washington. Despite the tight opening set, the second set eventually beat 7-6 (6) 6-1 as the Russian world did not land and 33 winners to win the match.

Raducanu proved her worst enemy, cementing just eight winners and one championship to endure 24 unforced errors while battling with Samsanova’s strength. The British teenager, who had begun defending her US Open title for just over three weeks, was crushed in the second set when she missed and missed the ground-kick radar in play.

After defeating Colombian Camila Osorio, the much-anticipated quarter-final was supposed to start at 22:00 GMT. However, a three-hour rain delay was followed by an epic opener between Britain’s Dan Evans and eventual winner Yoshihito Nishioka which turned into a three-and-a-half hour action thriller, meaning the ladies only made it to the stadium recently, just before 11pm local time. . .

The delay obviously affected Raducanu as it faltered early in the transmission and suffered a crash from the start. However, a supporter crowd of 500 spectators with Union Jack flags and English soccer jerseys inspired the 19-year-old to rally and quickly found her rhythm, breaking her love with Samsonova in the second game.

Lyudmila Samsonova during the match. Photo: Will Oliver/EPA

Struggling Radokano with a powerful forehand for Samsonova, he dug deep to stay in the rallies and her stamina frustrated the Russian for fouls when she fired into the net or into the net. But the Samsonova rifle serving at a speed of 185 km / h exceeded the Radokano rifle at a speed of 95 km / h and the speed and power soon affected. The young Briton was visibly shocked when her opponent fired an overwhelming shot against the flow of play to advance 4-2 in the first set. Until then, Raducanu showed maturity and courage, sticking with it and diving deep behind the baseline to force more fouls.

When the tiebreak ensued in the opening set, it was Radocano who seized the opportunity and advanced 5-2 when Samsonova fired a volley. On serve, Raducanu had more chances to win the opening match, but a flawed forehand missed opportunities, and Samsonova lost a 5-2 lead in Samsonova’s 8-6 win.

Nursing blisters on both hands, Raducanu continued to puff on them as more chances were wasted and the number of penalties went up in the second set. I tried to take advantage of Samsonova’s forehand, but the tactic didn’t work and it was 3-0 early in the second set. She managed to hold one match but quickly succumbed to Samsonova’s powerful serve as her last three matches flew.

Raducanu change aspects. Photo: Will Oliver/EPA

Raducanu left without asking the media questions, a record in 2022 that now reads 13 losses and 10 wins. Next, she heads north for the Canadian Open, which begins on Monday. Riding the gun will be her new coach Dmitry Tursunov, who is “temporarily” working with her.

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