Miami Open: Bianca Andreescu survives Emma Raducanu to enter 2R


Miami Open: Bianca Andreescu survives Emma Raducanu to enter 2R

Bianca Andreescu won the battle of two former US Open winners against Emma Raducanu on Tuesday at the Miami Open. The Canadian needed two hours and 33 minutes to come through 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 against the Briton in their first-round meeting.

Andreescu won 67% of her first-serve points to Raducanu’s 59%. But the latter won a relatively higher-margin of second-serve points – 69% to Andreescu’s 64%. Andreescu, who won Flushing Meadows in 2019, won 96 points for the match.

Of these, she had 32 winners. Raducanu, the 2021 US Open titlist finished with 86 points that included 20 winners. Raducanu’s 40 unforced errors, however, let her down with Andreescu hitting six fewer errors. After the match, Andreescu said, “You never know what to expect.

I just came in here wanting to play my best with what I had today, and I think I did that. Emma played amazing. She's an incredible player and I have a lot of respect for her. I didn't let my negative emotions get the best of me.

I stayed positive, I was very energetic and I never gave up”. In the second round, Andreescu will play Maria Sakkari, who’s seeded seventh in the draw.

Miami Open: Leylah Fernandez makes her way ahead

Meanwhile, the 2021 US Open finalist, Leylah Fernandez advanced to the second round at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Andreescu’s fellow countrywoman won 6-4, 6-3 against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko in an hour and 28 minutes. Fernandez will take on ninth seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland next. Karolina Muchova ousted Bencic’s compatriot, Jil Teichmann in their first-round match.

Muchova put on a dominant show that saw her ease into the second round with a 6-0, 6-2 win after merely 58 minutes of play. The Czech won 80% of her first-serve points and 65% points on return on the Swiss’ first serve.

She also won 76% of her second-serve points and 57% points on return on Teichmann’s second serve. Muchova saved the lone break point she faced while converting five break points on Teichmann’s serve. In the round-of-64, Muchova will take on 32nd Lin Zhu.

Lastly, another Czech, Linda Noskova also moved into the second round of the Miami Open. The teenager defeated Lucia Bronzetti 6-3, 6-4 in their first-round match-up and will play 15th seed Petra Kvitova in the Czech Republican derby.

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