Mutua Madrid Open

Emma Raducanu’s performance suffered  at the Madrid Open as she was eliminated from the competition following a first-round straight-sets loss to Maria Lourdes Carle, who currently ranked 82nd in the world. 

Raducanu entered the match with a winning record, having emerged victorious from the Billie Jean King Cup for Great Britain and the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. However, during the build-up to Madrid, the British player expressed her fatigue, and she lost to Carle with a record of 6-2 6-2 on Pista Arantxa Sanchez at the first hurdle.

The athlete stated after her defeat: “I’m going to recharge a bit…From the performance today it was very clear that mentally and emotionally, I was exhausted. It’s a shame, but I guess the sport is just pretty brutal.”

Raducanu’s performance despite injury 

With her left knee strapped up, the 2021 US Open champion was regarded as a heavily favored competitor against qualifier Carle. However, the 21-year-old, who had a difficult 2023 playing season due to injuries, put on an inconsistent performance, winning just 13/26 first serve points and 2/14 on her second serve. 

Moreover, after defeating Taylah Preston and Astra Sharma, Carle advanced to her second-ever WTA 1000 main draw. She won her first WTA main-draw match since 2022 and her second-ever at a clay-court WTA event by breaking Raducanu’s serve six times.

Cover Photo: IG

Source: Sky Sports 

Read More News

Track and field league to be launched by legendary US Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson

See also  The prospect of Rehan Ahmed playing men's Test cricket for England at a young age

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *