Miami Open 2023: US Open Champions battle it out in 1st round as Bianca Andreescu downs Emma Raducanu in grueling 3 sets, CHECK out
Miami Open 2023: Canada’s Bianca Andreescu beat Britain’s Emma Raducanu 6-3 3-6 6-2 at the Miami Open on Wednesday in a first-round…
Miami Open 2023: Canada’s Bianca Andreescu beat Britain’s Emma Raducanu 6-3 3-6 6-2 at the Miami Open on Wednesday in a first-round clash of former US Open champions looking to recapture top form after a spate of injuries. Follow Miami Open 2023 Updates with InsideSport.IN.
Andreescu, coming off a third-round loss to world number one Iga Swiatek at Indian Wells, served seven aces and saved 11 of the 12 break points she faced against Raducanu to set up a clash with Greek seventh seed Maria Sakkari.
🇨🇦Andreescu wins the illustrious first round match against Raducanu🇬🇧
The Canadian beats Raducanu in three sets (63 36 62) and will meet seventh seed Maria Sakkari🇬🇷 in R2
2nd win in the last 4 tournaments for Bianca Andreescu#MiamiOpen
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Miami Open 2023: Bianca Andreescu after her 1st round win
“I just came in here wanting to play my best with what I had today, I think I did that,” Andreescu said during her on-court interview.
“I didn’t let my negative emotions get the best of me. I stayed positive, I was very energetic and I just never gave up. Those were the keys today.”
The 22-year-old Canadian broke first for a 2-0 lead when Raducanu sent a forehand long and remained in control as she closed out the opener on her fourth set point when the Briton sent a backhand into net.
Raducanu turned into the aggressor in the second set and got the edge she needed in a wild eighth game that she won on her seventh break point for a 5-3 lead before serving out the set.
In the decider, world number 31 Andreescu came back from 0-40 to hold serve in the opening game and broke for a 4-2 lead when Raducanu desperately reached for a one-handed backhand that she sent long.
With the finish line in sight, Andreescu ended the two hour, 32-minute clash on her first match point with another break when Raducanu sent a running forehand long.
Andreescu, who retired with a shoulder injury during her semi-final match at the Thailand Open in February, is still looking for her first title since the 2019 US Open.
Raducanu, who came to Miami after losing to Swiatek in the fourth round at Indian Wells, has also been plagued by injury and inconsistency since she burst onto the scene with her stunning triumph at the 2021 US Open.
In addition to the wrist injury that cut short her 2022 season, Raducanu suffered an ankle problem in the leadup to the Australian Open and tonsillitis forced her to withdraw from the Austin Open last month.