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Madrid Open LIVE: Anhelina Kalinina upsets Emma Raducanu in third round to book a spot in quarterfinals of Madrid Open

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Madrid Open LIVE: Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine racked up another upset at the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday, edging reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the first WTA 1000 quarterfinal of her career. World No.37 Kalinina took 2 hours and 19 minutes to eke past No.9 seed Raducanu and notch her second upset in a row. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates. 

Madrid Open LIVE: Anhelina Kalinina upsets Emma Raducanu in third round to book a spot in quarterfinals of Madrid Open

Kalinina dispatched Garbiñe Muguruza in the previous round for her first win over a Top 10 player. Kalinina had never beaten any players ranked inside the Top 15 before this week, but she has now knocked off two in a row as she posts her career-best showing at WTA 1000-level.

Overall, Kalinina has beaten three Grand Slam champions consecutively in her Madrid main-draw debut. Prior to her wins over Muguruza and Raducanu, Kalinina defeated former US Open champion Sloane Stephens in this week’s opening round.

Against Raducanu, Kalinina displayed the form, which pushed her into the Top 40 for the first time in 2022. The Ukrainian prevailed on 58 percent of points returning the Raducanu second serve, while also winning over half of her own second-service points.

Madrid Open LIVE: Anhelina Kalinina upsets Emma Raducanu in third round to book a spot in quarterfinals of Madrid Open

“Already in the end of the match, I was not thinking about the score, because the intensity was high,” Kalinina said afterward. “I’m just so happy that I could close the match, because it was crazy at the end, so many deciding points and so many rallies. Tough, tough match.

“I’m very happy that I’m starting to move further in the big tournaments. … Now I can get into these tournaments, get my experience, play more matches here, and get another match, another opportunity. So I’m getting more experience on this level, and these matches will give me very good experience in my pocket.”

In the quarterfinals, Kalinina will take on World No.35 Jil Teichmann, who overwhelmed No.16 seed Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour and 17 minutes.

Madrid Open LIVE: Anhelina Kalinina upsets Emma Raducanu in third round to book a spot in quarterfinals of Madrid Open

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