Emma Raducanu avoids Australian Open qualifying nightmare as rival pulls out | Tennis | Sport

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Emma Raducanu avoids Australian Open qualifying nightmare as rival pulls out | Tennis | Sport

For now, the 21-year-old’s attention will be on the ASB Classic in Auckland, where she faces No. 2 seed Elina Svitolina in the second round. Raducanu defeated good friend and qualifier Ruse on Tuesday in what was her first match in 259 days.

Raducanu took the first set 6-3 before Ruse raced to a 3-0 lead in the second. The Brit was able to get back on serve but both women continued to break each other until the Romanian took it 6-4. Raducanu secured a double break in the final set and led 5-2 but failed to serve it out twice, also blowing two match points on Ruse’s serve.

She remained patient and earned another break after dropping three games in a row, eventually serving out a 6-3 4-6 7-5 victory. After the match, Raducanu said: « It’s difficult after having such a long hiatus but I’m grateful to be healthy, I’m grateful to be able to move my body, not like bedridden or in a wheelchair. So it’s pretty amazing to be just out here and playing. »

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