Emma Raducanu crashes out of Citi Open in quarter-finals to Samsonova

Emma Raducanu crashes out of Citi Open in quarter-finals to Samsonova

Emma Raducanu’s exciting Citi Open run has ended with a straight-sets quarter-final defeat against Ludmilla Samsonova in Washington. Despite a tight opening set, the second seed was ultimately overpowered 7-6 (6), 6-1, as the Russian world No 60 saved four set points en route to clinching the first set, before cruising home in the second with nine aces and 33 winners to take the match. Raducanu proved to be her own worst enemy, mustering just eight winners and a single ace to go along with 24 unforced errors, as she struggled with Samsanova’s power. The British teenager, who begins her defence of her US Open crown in just over three weeks, was crushed in the second set as her serve misfired and her groundstroke radar went missing-in-action. After her comeback …
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