Emma Raducanu survives failure in Stuttgart to set up No.1 showdown in best result of 2022 | Tennis | sport

Emma Raducanu qualified for the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a 6-0 2-6 6-1 win over lucky loser Tamara Korpatsch. After starting strong, the world number 12 dropped the second set but quickly recovered to prevail in an hour and 40 minutes. The Briton will now face a world No. 1 for the first time when she takes on Iga Swiatek in the final game on Friday.

Raducanu got off to a successful start in Stuttgart on Wednesday, needing just 70 minutes to oust Storm Sanders 6-1 6-2. It was a convincing start for the eighth seed on Thursday before she was forced into a final set, doing well to shake off her lack of focus and fight back to book her place in the quarters.

The 19-year-old won 63% of first serve return points and 88% on her opponent’s second serve as she needed just 23 minutes to win the first set 6-0. It was also an impressive display for Raducanu on her own serve, as she only lost one point on her first serve, making 73% of them.

She opened the second set with a loving hold before Korpatsch finally found herself on the board, firing her first ace of the match as she held for the first time, with the German crowd bursting into support and it seemed to give World No 296 the boost she needed as she backed her first hold by breaking Raducanu to lead 2-1.

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It is the first time this year that Raducanu has won back-to-back matches and only the second time since becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam at the US Open last September, after making quarters in Transylvania in last October.

Her reward is a first career encounter with a world No. 1, as she takes on super in-form top seed Iga Swiatek. Swiatek also won her first Grand Slam title as an upset teenage champion at the 2020 French Open, although she was ranked far higher than Raducanu’s 150th place when she won in New York. Raducanu will look to end the Pole’s 20-game winning streak, which spans three consecutive WTA titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, as well as Poland’s Billie Jean King Cup qualifier.

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