Emma Raducanu knocked out of Madrid Open by Anhelina Kalinina as comeback falls short | Tennis News


US Open champion Emma Raducanu hit back to level the match after dropping the opening set, but Anhelina Kalinina overcame a wobble in the decider to seal a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory and reach the quarter-finals in the Spanish capital

Last Updated: 03/05/22 10:28pm

Emma Raducanu missed out on a place in the quarter-finals

Emma Raducanu missed out on a place in the quarter-finals

Emma Raducanu came up short in a spirited comeback attempt as she was knocked out of the Madrid Open in the third round by Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina.

Raducanu was out-of-sorts and outmuscled in an opening set that lasted just 35 minutes, after which she briefly left the court for a medical timeout having clutched her back on a couple of occasions.

Amazingly, she seemed rejuvenated and took advantage of an error count creeping up from her opponent to take the third-round match to a decider, only for Kalinina to hold her nerve and prevail 6-2 2-6 6-4.

While Kalinina can look forward to a quarter-final showdown against Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann, Raducanu, seeded ninth in the Spanish capital, can take some solace for her dogged determination.

Raducanu was aiming to reach the last eight of a WTA 1000 tournament for the first time

Raducanu was aiming to reach the last eight of a WTA 1000 tournament for the first time

“I want to give credit to Emma because I think we both played very good quality tennis, the match was great in my opinion,” Kalinina said afterwards on Amazon Prime.

“I appreciate in this moment I was maybe luckier and I did better in the decisive points. I am happy I won this match.”

An epic spanning two hours and 19 minutes – including a gruelling 63-minute final set – did not seem to be on the cards when a listless Raducanu was broken to love in her opening service game.

Kalinina, who lost just three games in beating former French Open and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza earlier this week, simply overpowered Raducanu in a one-sided first set where the Briton, wearing strapping on her upper left leg, appeared to be troubled by a back problem.

While the reigning US Open champion had no answers to her rival’s groundstrokes on both wings, but particularly her impressive backhand, Raducanu was much improved in the second set following some treatment off court.

Anhelina Kalinina has recorded three successive victories against Grand Slam champions

Anhelina Kalinina has recorded three successive victories against Grand Slam champions

There was little doubting Kalinina’s levels had dropped and Raducanu ruthlessly took advantage to level proceedings with the momentum seemingly on her side.

Kalinina found her range again but this time Raducanu refused to buckle and they traded ferocious blows, with the world number 11 battling back from 3-1 to reel off three games in a row.

But as both players seemed to fatigue, Kalinina produced a sublime acute backhand that proved just out of reach to get the decisive break before sealing victory in the next game when Raducanu volleyed wide.

Kalinina will face Teichmann in the first WTA 1000 quarter-final of her career. Raducanu, who was also seeking to reach the last eight at this level of competition for the first time, had reached the third round with impressive wins over Tereza Martincova and Marta Kostyuk.

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