British teen Emma Raducanu wins third professional title in Pune



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British teen Emma Raducanu wins third professional title in Pune

The 17-year-old Emma Raducanu has been one of the most promising British youngsters in the last couple of years, claiming her first professional titles in 2018 and delivering another one in the closing stages of 2019. Emma went all the way in Pune as a qualifier, lifting her first $25,000 title that will push her further towards the top-400 ahead of the new season.

Raducanu needed 45 minutes to storm over Valeriya Strakhova 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, landing only 50% of the first serve in but dominating on both serve and return to race into the last 16 where she faced the 4th seed Ulrikke Eikeri.

The young Briton struggled a little bit on the second serve but still had to play against only one break point, giving serve away but earning five breaks from seven chances to control the scoreboard and advance into the quarters where another teen stood between her and the place in the semis.

After almost two and a half hours, Emma toppled Shalimar Talbi 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 for the best result since September, winning 23 points more than the Belarusian after a dominant display in sets she won. The Briton got broken five times but delivered eight breaks that kept her safe, making a perfect start and staying in front until the middle of the second set.

There, Talbi started to play better, bouncing back from a break down and taking the set 7-5 to prolong her chances ahead of the decider. Staying focused, Emma broke the opponent in the third and fifth games to open a 4-1 advantage, sealing the deal with another break at 5-3 to remain on the title course.

In the battle of the qualifiers, Raducanu ousted Olga Doroshina 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 17 minutes, fending off 11 out of 14 break chances and scoring five breaks on the other hand to emerge at the top and find herself in the title match.

Olga grabbed six of the last seven games in the second set but it wasn't enough in the end, with Raducanu taking the final seven points of the match from 4-3 up to secure the clash against the fellow Britain Naiktha Bains.

For the first time in seven encounters, Emma lost the opening set before celebrating a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph for the third professional title, the first since October 2018. Raducanu won seven points more than Bains, adding seven breaks to her tally and sealing the deal with a successful return game at 5-4 in the third to celebrate the crown and a perfect way to wrap up the year.