Emma RADUCANU stuns Angelique KERBER in Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, set up clash with Linda NOSKOVA

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 at 22:41
Emma Raducanu defeated Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the round of 16 of the WTA 500 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The 21-year-old 2021 US Open champion replicated her excellent form from the recent Billie Jean King Cup, where she led the British team to victory over France on clay. Now, she will face the Czech teenage sensation Linda Noskova.
Right from the start of the match, Raducanu took control of the points and displayed great prowess in her returns. The first three games of the set saw breaks, one for Kerber and two for the British player, who was the first to hold her serve and take a 3-1 lead. The former world No. 1 German began to match Raducanu's pace in rallies, but the British player remained more aggressive than her opponent.
With the score at 4-2 in favor of Raducanu, she secured another break in her favor after several unforced errors from the German. The former world No. 10 showed no hesitation from her serve and closed out an excellent set 6-2, including an ace.
The start of the second set saw the most contested moments of the match. Kerber once again struggled with her serve and conceded a break in the opening game. In Raducanu's service game, a lengthy game ensued with seven break points in favor of Kerber, who eventually capitalized on her opportunity and leveled the score 1-1.
Raducanu secures third consecutive clay victory after leading the UK in the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers
However, Kerber's momentum wouldn't last long, as she lost her service in the subsequent game to Raducanu, who then took the lead. The British player had no trouble maintaining her advantage for the rest of the set, even though she called for the trainer with the score at 3-1. It was merely a precautionary measure, and she stayed ahead, securing her service and breaking her opponent several times in succession.
Kerber was far from her best level. Although she occasionally matched her opponent in rallies with her forehand, she made constant unforced errors and barely won one of her eight service games, including eight double faults. Ultimately, the match was decided with a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 victory for Raducanu, who adds another clay triumph to her record as she prepares to challenge the young star Linda Noskova.

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