Emma Raducanu comes back to win in Cluj-Napoca, records first victory since US Open triumph
After failing to win a match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Emma Raducanu finally won a match. Many wondered how long it would take Raducanu to win a match after her shocking defeat in the Californian desert but it happened. It almost did not happen as the Brit was in trouble after losing the opening set 4-6. It was a very unsatisfactory end to the set after the Brit had an early 3-0 lead.
She was striking the ball well and clean with Hercog struggling to handle that pressure. The Slovenian player started serving much better as the match went on and that proved troublesome for Raducanu to overcome. She also committed quite a few errors which allowed Hercog to come back from being 0-3 down and win the set with 6-4.
In the 2nd set, Raducanu was much more serious about her play. She was very in tune with the match having a really focused approach. From the start, she started applying pressure on Hercog after reading her serve a lot better but the Slovenian player was able to stay in the match. Ultimately she faltered late in the set to allow Raducanu the 7-5 2nd set victory.
After finally finding a breakthrough, Emma reverted into her US Open form dominating from the baseline. She attacked every ball and with Hercog's serve not as powerful as during the start, Raducanu had many opportunities. A quick succession of breaks followed with the Brit finishing it off with 6-1.