Madrid Open: Emma Raducanu qualified for the second round | Quick victory for Naomi Osaka | Tennis News

US Open champion Emma Raducanu fought back after losing 5-2 in the first set to score another victory over Tereza Martincova and advance to the second round of the Madrid Open; Naomi Osaka also picked up the win in her return to action against qualifier Anastasia Potapova

Last update: 29/04/22 19:23

Emma Raducanu qualified for the second round of the Madrid Open on Friday.

Emma Raducanu has won 11 of the last 12 matches to beat Tereza Martincova for the second time in a fortnight in the first round of the Madrid Open.

Czech Martincova was Raducanu’s opponent for her first professional match on clay in the Billie Jean King Cup tie in Prague earlier this month, with the US Open champion battling for a 7- 5 7-5.

She found herself 5-2 in the first set at the Caja Magica but turned it around in impressive fashion, saving two set points on Martincova’s serve at 5-3 before running away with the second set in a 7-6 (3) 6-0 win.

“It was a tricky first set,” Raducanu said. “I think it’s always difficult to play on brand new ground, so it took me a bit of time to adapt to my surroundings.

“And, of course, if you’re weak or lacking in your own game, an opponent of that level is going to take advantage of that. I’m just happy that I got through the first set and definitely relaxed in the second.

“I love Madrid, I’ve been out once, it’s such a cool vibe. I can’t wait and hope I can spend a few more days here.”

Raducanu is backed in Madrid by Lawn Tennis Association head of women’s tennis Iain Bates after parting ways with coach Torben Beltz earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka booked her place in the second round with a 6-3 6-1 win over Anastasia Potapova in her first match since reaching the Miami Open final last month.

The four-time Grand Slam champion is playing in Madrid on a wild-card entry and took just over an hour to defeat qualifier Potapova.

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