After a 28-point tie-break: Brit duel Raducanu vs. Boulter suspended by rain

Sunday, 16 June 2024 at 13:43
The semifinal duel at the Nottingham Open between Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter was suspended due to rain after an epic first set. The top female tennis players from Britain battled for an hour and 20 minutes before the rain interrupted the match.
High expectations were set for the home crowd as they watched their two leading female players face off in the Nottingham semifinals. Raducanu is having her best performance of the year, with consecutive wins against Ena Shibahara and Daria Snigur, before advancing to the semifinals by walkover against the third seed.
Boulter, on the other hand, struggled in the first round against her compatriot Harriet Dart, recovering from a set down. She then defeated Rebecca Marino and the 5th seed Magdalena Frech in straight sets before facing the former Grand Slam champion in the semifinals.
During a hard-fought first set, both players dominated with their serves to maintain equality throughout. In the fifth game, Raducanu squandered two break points and in the next game saved two break opportunities she conceded to Boulter.
Everything led to the tie-break where Boulter took the first mini-break and led 4-1. Raducanu recovered, and they alternated the advantage over 28 points before the 21-year-old clinched the set 7-6(13).
Katie Boulter won the title at 2023 Nottingham Open.
Katie Boulter won the title at 2023 Nottingham Open.
During the tie-break, Boulter lost 6 points on her serve and squandered three set points, including one on her serve. Conversely, Raducanu conceded five points on her serve and finally took the set on her sixth opportunity. A few minutes later, and still 0-0 in the second set, the umpire decided to suspend the match due to the impending rain in Nottingham.
The match will resume on Sunday in the first slot of the day. Later, the winner will face the final against the victor of the match between Karolina Pliskova (6th seed) and Diane Parry. Raducanu is just one set away from returning to the top 150 and reaching a tournament final for the first time since the 2021 US Open.

Just In

Popular News