Emma Raducanu survives second-set swing to end poor form at Indian Wells Masters | Tennis | sport
Emma Raducanu overcame a tough time in her second round match against Caroline Garcia to secure a safe progression to the third round of the Indian Wells Masters. The teenager needed three sets to beat her French opponent, but ultimately secured a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
The Briton ran out of the blocks, using all of her power and aggression to wow her much more experienced opponent and claim the first set within half an hour.
The second set was tougher as Garcia rallied and leveled the game with Raducanu under pressure for the first time in the match.
But her own response was superb as she dominated the final set to win her first match in the California desert and end poor form that saw her win just one of her six matches before this one.
Raducanu got off to the perfect start, taking just over a minute to serve in the first game before dropping a single point in the second to earn the first break.
Garcia offered real opposition for the first time at 3-1 when she threatened to come back, but the teenager survived four break points for a gritty hold to take real control of the first set.
And the US Open champion offered a clinic on how to get the job done on the comeback, hitting a sweet cross ground to break for the second time in the opening set.
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But she rallied and, after some traded advantages, scored her first break of the match to level the scores in the second set.
Raducanu’s nose was bloodied for the first time in the match and, given her recent record, there were questions about how she might react to suffering a setback for the second time.
UK fans would then have been alarmed when she fully double faulted – her fourth of the game – and threatened to get broken again in the fourth game.
Luckily, the teenager managed to dig deep and hold on, proving she has the guts to serve those games where she’s under pressure.
Although he missed that break, Garcia kept going and finally pulled off that breakthrough in Raducanu’s next service game.
She produced a huge cross backhand to convert the break point and take control of the second set at 4-2.
Garcia dropped five set points at 5-3 and for a moment it looked like Raducanu would have the chance to play for a straight-set victory, but eventually the Frenchwoman crossed the line in that second set.
But Raducanu’s response was top-notch, taking out the decider to take a 3-0 lead and give his opponent a mountain to climb.
Garcia got on the board with her next service game, but Raducanu immediately blasted it to make it 4-1 and within eight points of a place in the third round.
She won all eight, crossing the finish line as Garcia looked like she had already given her all in the tank just by taking Raducanu to three sets.