Welcome to our dwell protection of Emma Raducanu vs Victoria Azarenka within the second spherical of the Cincinnati Open.
Raducanu’s assembly with former Australian champion Azarenka comes lower than 24 hours after the Briton dispatched tennis icon Serena Williams in a much-hyped, generational conflict.
Regardless of overwhelming assist for the soon-retiring Williams, the 19-year-old remained unfazed all through the encounter and cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win in opposition to the tennis legend.
The US Open champion can count on extra of a sterner check in opposition to world No. 22 Azarenka, who has been a mainstay on the ladies’s scene over the previous decade.
It will likely be the primary time Raducanu faces off with the two-time grand slam winner and the teenager has already focused the match-up as one other alternative for her to be taught from “an amazing champion”.
“I bear in mind extra lately when she was taking part in within the US Open and made the ultimate in 2020. I used to be finding out for my exams,” stated Raducanu. “I hadn’t performed tennis in months, and I used to be simply dreaming that in the future I will play on Ashe, and in the future I will be at that stage and taking part in these nice gamers myself. Every little thing felt so far-off.
“Clearly with the final yr I’ve had, getting nice publicity to those nice gamers, and each time you get to play them, you get to be taught from them as effectively and what they do very well that has helped them of their careers.”
Raducanu, who at present sits at No 10 on the earth rankings, can be seeking to string some consistency collectively as she continues her preparations for this month’s US Open after a combined yr since her historic Flushing Meadows success.
It is a busy evening for the Briton, who additionally in motion within the doubles later this night with this yr’s Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina, that means she faces a fast turnaround following this match.