Wimbledon sensation Emma Raducanu stuns Belgian top seed Alison van Uytvanck in the first round of the Chicago 125 as teenage Brit roars back into top form
- Emma Raducanu beat the world No 60 in straight sets at the Chicago 125
- She will face former junior world No 1 Clara Burel in the second round
- The 18-year-old shone to reach the fourth round of debut Wimbledon this year
- Women’s British No 1 Johanna Konta suffered a loss to Karolina Muchova
Emma Raducanu has set up a second-round clash with former junior world No 1 Clara Burel following an upset win over Belgian top seed Alison van Uytvanck at the Chicago 125 tournament.
The 18-year-old Briton, who earlier this year reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in just her second professional tournament, was a 7-6 6-3 victory over the world No 60.
The first set went to a tie-break, during which the 18-year-old held her nerve impressively to win 9-7.
Emma Raducanu stunned the Belgian top seed Alison van Uytvanck to win 7-6 6-3 in Chicago
Raducanu dazzled at her Wimbledon debut which was her second professional tournament
Raducanu dazzled on the grass at Wimbledon earlier this year, becoming the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 of the tournament in the Open era.
However, she retired in the second set of her match against Ajla Tomljanovic with breathing difficulties, later saying the ‘whole experience caught up with me’.
She lost her first match since her SW19 run ended prematurely, losing in straight sets to China’s 51st-ranked Zhang Shuai.
The 18-year-old retired in the fourth round after suffering with breathing difficulty on court
Following her Wimbledon debut, she rocketed from 338 to 175 in the rankings and switched coaches from the experienced Nigel Sears to the less well known Andrew Richardson, former head coach at the Bromley Tennis Centre in south-east London.
Raducanu’s compatriot Harriet Dart, meanwhile, failed to replicate the teenager’s success and was bundled out of the competition’s first round 6-1 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 by Denmark’s Clara Tauson.
British No 2 Cameron Norrie started strongly in his first-round encounter against John Isner at the Western and Southern Open before being knocked out of the tournament by the 2013 runner-up.
The American, who moved to 2-1 overall against Norrie with the win, dropped the first set to the 25-year-old but battled back and smashed 25 aces for the match to claim a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory.
Earlier in the day, British No 3 Kyle Edmund withdrew from the US Open as the 26-year-old returns to fitness after undergoing surgery on a persistent knee problem in March.
On the women’s side’s of the draw in Cincinnati, Johanna Konta suffered a 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 loss to Karolina Muchova in the first round.
The British No 1 Johanna Konta squandered three break points in the second set
The British No 1, who withdrew in the third round at Montreal last week due to a knee injury, made an assured start and, aided by some lovely forehand strokes, took the opening set.
Rain interrupted the second set in Ohio, where the 30-year-old squandered three break points at 1-1 with missed returns, before Czech Muchova levelled up the match by winning a close tie-break.
The 24-year-old took the deciding set comfortably and will face former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in round two.
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