Emma Raducanu (7/2 – Tournament Outright) navigated through a gruelling second-round encounter with Camila Osorio to make the last eight of the Washington Open, while fellow Briton Dan Evans (pictured) also advanced following the retirement of his American opponent, Taylor Fritz.
The reigning US Open champion toiled for close to three hours in the Washington DC sun before eventually seeing off her determined Colombian opponent, 7-6 7-6, in a match where both competitors were forced to undergo medical treatment for blisters.
The 19-year-old from Bromley, seeded second in Washington, came past the USA’s Louisa Chirico in straight sets to reach round two and began strongly in her clash with Osorio, breaking serve in the second game in a run to a 3-0 lead.
But Osorio, ranked 67th in the world to Raducanu’s tenth, then rallied back from 4-1 down, winning four straight games and serving for the set, only for the Briton (25/1 US Open Outright) to twice save set point and force a tie-break, which after seven mini-breaks of serve went the way of last year’s Flushing Meadows winner, 7-5, after 82 minutes.
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The second set followed an identical pattern: Raducanu broke early, only to be pegged back at the mid-point in a lengthy game at 4-3.
The second time around, however, Osorio was unable to capture the momentum and after trading service games to reach 5-5, the duo moved into another tie-break, eventually settled 7-4 on Raducanu’s first match point.
The teenager’s reward for her efforts is a quarter-final meeting with 60th-ranked Liudmila Samsonova on Friday evening (Samsonova EVS, Raducanu 4/5 – Match Betting).
In the men’s draw, Evans benefitted from a third-set withdrawal from the world number 13 to move into the next round, but his job remained far from straightforward.
The 32-year-old, who received a bye into round two as the 16th seed in a 48-man field, made light work of countryman Kyle Edmund on his opponent’s comeback from injury, losing just three games on his path to meeting Fritz.
But having dropped the opener 6-3 to the world number 13, Evans, 40th, needed plenty of fight to take a second-set breaker 8-6 and force a decider.
Fritz, beset by dizziness in the searing heat, retired when 4-1 behind in the third, paving the way for his opponent to meet 96th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka in the last eight (Evans 4/5, Nishioka EVS – Match Betting).
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