mma Raducanu hailed the “huge” stage of his first WTA Tour victory after admitting: “I knew I wasn’t playing very well”.
The 18-year-old was beaten on her return to action after Flushing Meadows at Indian Wells last month and beat the Slovenian before firing back to win 4-6 7-5 6-1, showing glimpses in the last set of the talent that made her the Queen of New York.
“I think the key was to try to stay mentally calm,” Raducanu said. “I knew myself that I wasn’t playing very well, so I just needed to keep going one point at a time. If I continued to give myself a chance by taking the serve I thought my tennis could improve and fall into place and he did – and I’m really proud of myself for the way I fought today. ‘hui.
“I’m taking a lot from this game. Every game I play I gain experience and I really think this one matters a lot because when you aren’t playing great you know you can do better and get away with it.
“Also, dropping the first set hasn’t happened very often to me so far, but I’ve learned to dig and I can reverse games and that’s a great learning thing for me.