Czech tennis star Marketa Vondrousova lost a total of two games against Emma Raducanu but afterward insisted it wasn't an easy match. Vondrousova, who won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, dominated Raducanu 6-1 6-1 in the third rubber of the Czech Republic and Great Britain tie to give the Czechs a 2-1 lead.
"I never played in such cold weather," Vondrousova said. "I am happy to be through. The score looks easy but it was a tough match and she was injured. "I think my game just suits the clay and I feel good."
Vondrousova broke Raducanu in seven games
Vondrousova got off to a fast start, breaking Raducanu in back-to-back games to take an early 3-0 lead. Raducanu got one break back in the fourth game to reduce the deficit to 3-1 but Vondrousova responded by claiming breaks in the fifth and seven games to win the opener in style.
After winning the first set, Vondrousova started the second set with an early 2-0 lead. Raducanu broke back Vondrousova in the third game but continued to struggle on her serve as Vondrousova broke the Briton again in the fourth and sixth games to complete a straight-set win.
After the match, Raducanu revealed she was hampered by a foot blister. "I have a blister on my foot, it kind of showed up after yesterday’s match and we’ve been managing it but as you saw I couldn’t really move or load either way and now it’s just about trying to get it better as soon as possible.
"It completely stopped me from moving, it’s tough to not even be able to chase the ball, even if the ball came around me I was struggling to get my feet out of the way and moving to my backhand, it was compromising every shot, it is very disappointing when you’re out there playing a rubber for your country and you feel completely redundant but I guess I can’t really do anything about it."