Emma Raducanu makes winning start to Slovenia Open after Dayana Yastremska retires two points from defeat, as British No 1 bounces back in first match since US Open first-round loss and dropping to world No 83
- Emma Raducanu dropped 72 places to No 83 in this week’s new rankings
- The British teenager had insisted she relished the ‘clean slate’ it afforded her
- Raducanu, 19, saved all but one of four break points on her serve in Portoroz
Emma Raducanu shrugged off her recent plunge in the world rankings as she made a winning start at the Slovenia Open in Portoroz.
The 19-year-old beat Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine in her first match since the defence of her US Open title ended in a first-round defeat to Alize Cornet.
It left Raducanu at No 83 in this week’s new rankings – a drop of 72 places – but she had insisted she relished the ‘clean slate’ it afforded her in her bid to return to the top of the game.
Emma Raducanu made a winning start at the Slovenia Open after huge drop in world rankings
The 19-year-old beat Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine, who retired two points from defeat
Raducanu saved all but one of four break points on her serve as she sunk Yastremska, who retired two points from defeat at 6-2 5-3.
‘Obviously no one wants to win by retirement,’ Raducanu said after her victory.
‘But Dayana is an extremely ferocious competitor so I knew it was going to be a tough match going in.’
It was the British No 1’s first match since her US Open title defence ended in the first round
She added: ‘I came here really, really early and it’s been really nice here.
‘I think it’s a beautiful place to have a tournament. Amazing views, great food so I’m loving my time here.’
The top seed in Portoroz will now face either American Elizabeth Mandlik or qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam from Germany in the second round.
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