Emma Raducanu overcomes Osorio and advances to quarter in Washington

Briton Emma Raducanu beat Colombian Camila Osorio (7-6, 7-6) Thursday at the Washington tournament.

Emma Raducanu, who will have the daunting task of defending her US Open title in three weeks, advanced to the quarterfinals of the hard court tournament in Washington on Thursday.

The Briton, 10th in the world and seeded N.2, beat Colombian Camila Osorio (67th) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), after an intense fight that lasted almost three hours.

“It has to be one of the most physical matches I have ever played”said Raducanu. “It was a monumental effort to pull through. I’m very happy and proud of the way I’m beaten when it really matters. It gives you a lot of confidence after a game like that.”

Raducanu, 19, had revealed herself last year on the London lawn of Wimbledon, by reaching the 8th finals, when she was in 338th place in the world before the tournament and that she had never before win every game on the circuit.

She then created a huge surprise by winning the US Open, despite qualifying, all without losing a single set.

But since then, the young Briton has struggled to confirm her emergence on the circuit. His best result in 2022 is a quarter-final in Stuttgart in April.

She will try to do better on Friday against Russian Liudmila Samsonova (60th), who dismissed Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Among men, Daniel Evans (40th) took advantage of the abandonment of Taylor Fritz (13th) to climb to the quarter-finals (3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 4-1). The Briton will face the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (96th) scorer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1) from the Russian Karen Khachanov (24th).

Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, winner 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 of Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, is the other only qualifier of the day, because the rain fell heavily on Washington, notably interrupting the meeting between Nick Kyrgios against Reilly Opelka. The Australian, winner in 2019 and recent Wimbledon finalist, led 7-6 (7/1), 2-1.

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