World No. 12 Emma Raducanu got off to a great start to her Stuttgart campaign as she stormed past Storm Sanders on Wednesday afternoon. Raducanu, seeded at No. 8, handed a 6-1 6-2 loss to qualifier Sanders to progress into the Stuttgart round-of-16.
"I feel like there were many long deuce games and I'm very happy to have battled through against Storm," Raducanu said on-court following her victory, per the WTA website. "She played two matches in qualifying and we played last year.
She's extremely tricky and I'm just really happy to have found a way through those long games and put on a good performance."
Raducanu dominated Sanders
Raducanu claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game to open an early 3-1 lead.
Sanders had a chance to quickly break back Raducanu but she missed out on a break point in the fifth game as Raducanu took a 4-1 lead. Sanders paid the price for missing out on a break point as Raducanu clinched her second break in the sixth game and served out for the first set in the seventh game.
After easily winning the first set, Raducanu broke Sanders in the opening game of the second set. Sanders finally ended Raducanu's six-game run when she served out the third game to reduce the deficit to 2-1. However, it didn't take long for Raducanu to earn another break as she broke Sanders again in the fifth game to take a 6-1 4-1 lead, before serving out for the match in the eighth game.
"The duration of the points, that's something I need to work on as I spend more time on clay," Raducanu added. "It will improve my craftiness and variety of shot, so I'm just looking forward to spending more time on this surface moving forward."
It was Raducanu's first-ever clay win at a WTA event. Raducanu is playing her first-ever pro clay tournament this week.