Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Indian Wells: Raducanu eases to first-round win

Emma Raducanu, who hasnt had much luck this season as far as results are concerned, got off to a flying start at this years Indian Wells Masters with a straightforward 6-2, 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.
Despite media reports circulating ahead of the match that the wrist issue that ended Raducanu’s 2022 season early recurred ahead of Indian Wells, the brit seemed to have recovered well enough to post a 1-hour, 21-minute victory in the opener on Thursday.
She had strapped on both of her wrists during a practice session on Wednesday.
Raducanu trailed 2-0 in both sets, but ultimately exacted comprehensive revenge on Kovinic, having lost to her in their last meeting in the second round of the 2022 Australian Open. The 20-year-old Brit won six straight games to take the first set and won six of the last seven in set two — including four in a row from 2-0.
Serving in the sixth game, Raducanu saved three break points that would’a ve seen Kovinic draw level at 3-3 and later won the last eight points of the match.
After suffering a left ankle injury at the ASB Classic that hampered her preparations for the Australian Open, where she lost in the second round to Coco Gauff, Raducanu’s planned return was even further pushed back after a bout of tonsillitis.
She was forced to withdraw from last week’s inaugural ATX Open in Austin due to illness and also pulled out of the Tie Break Tens charity exhibition event held Tuesday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Raducanu reached the third round of Indian Wells a year ago. To match that feat in 2023, she’ll need to beat Australian Open semifinalist and No.20 seed Magda Linette of Poland.
Murray pulls off another ‘marathon win’ of the season
Former World no. 1 Andy Murray has pulled off another marathon win, coming through a three hour and 12-minute battle with Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 in the Indian Wells opener.
The three-hour and 12-minute triumph on Thursday was one of many marathon matches for the three-time Grand Slam winner, who has earned a bit of a reputation for these kinds of wins in 2023. Murray has competed in 10 matches this season, with a whopping 70 per cent of them going to a deciding set.
With this win, he improves to 7-0 in deciding sets in 2023, and 7-3 overall. He will next take on 15th-seed Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.


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