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At Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open, Emma Raducanu brutally eliminates Victoria Azarenka
At Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open, Emma Raducanu brutally eliminates Victoria Azarenka
At Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open, Emma Raducanu brutally eliminates Victoria Azarenka
Tennis At Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open, Emma Raducanu brutally eliminates Victoria Azarenka

At Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open, Emma Raducanu brutally eliminates Victoria Azarenka

Western & Southern Open: Emma Raducanu, who mercilessly defeated former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, claims to have improved her ability to “zone in internally.”

The Briton, who had just defeated Serena Williams in straight sets, continued to play with incredible focus while Azarenka endured a nightmare of a match.

Azarenka battled in all facets of her game, particularly her serve, from the opening points of the match. She was unable to hold serve until the fifth game of the second set.

Raducanu, on the other hand, showed a steely focus and exceptional concentration to maintain her pace for two sets. Azarenka’s toilet break after the opening set didn’t phase her, and she will now face Jessica Pegula of the United States in the round of 16.

Seventh-seed Pegula defeated Marta Kostyuk 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-2 after trailing by a set.

“I was playing a great match for sure,” Raducanu said on court after.

“I had to stay really focused throughout and in the second set, I could feel the important moments. There were a couple of turning points that could have made the second set really, really difficult… more than it already was.

“I’m really pleased with how I dug in and served it out in that last game as well.

“It was another great honour to play Vika, she’s won so many Championships and Slams. It’s just a great opportunity for me to be out here.”

Raducanu provided an honest reaction when questioned about her thinking at this level and whether she was playing to appease naysayers or to send a message to other participants in the draw.

“I think I’ve realised in the last year that people are going to talk, regardless of what you do,” she said.

“The things that I do are maybe more amplified because of my situation. I’ve just learned to really zone in internally. Today and yesterday, I didn’t really show any emotion. I didn’t let myself get high or low, I was just at one level and I think that helped.”

Despite the little break after her victory over Williams, Raducanu swiftly settled in and punished a disobedient Azarenka.

The adolescent displayed her dominance on the court, winning the opening set in just 26 minutes.

Azarenka amassed a second straight bagel set thanks to Raducanu’s string of victories, who only gave up 13 points to her.

Azarenka, who made a lot of mistakes, could not be stopped by a bathroom break, and Raducanu raced off four more victories to close the gap on Azarenka.

The 2020 tournament champion from Belarus ultimately recorded her maiden game on the eleventh try as she held serve.

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