Emma Raducanu said her blisters "came out nowhere" as she was perfectly going into her Washington round-of-16 match versus Camila Osorio. Hampered by blisters, Raducanu still managed to beat Osorio 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4).
“It came out of nowhere to be honest. At the beginning of the match I was alright, then throughout the match my skin was just ripping off. In the beginning, there was like a flap, but then the flap got ripped off and it was pretty raw and open," Raducanu explained, per Tennishead.
Raducanu: I tied about three times versus Osorio
In the first set, Raducanu saved two set points on Osorio's serve in the 10th game, before realizing her first set point in the tie-break to win a tight opener. After winning the first set, Raducanu had a 4-2 lead in the second set and three consecutive break points in the seventh game to open a double-break lead.
Just when it seemed the match was over, Osorio somehow fought back and forced another tie-break. Once again. it was Raducanu that came up bigger in the tie-break as she converted her first match point to complete a tight two-set win.
“I think I died about three times in that match and then came back. I don’t know how!” Raducanu said. “Camila is such a battler. Every single point I was working so, so hard and sometimes it wasn’t necessarily the strongest shots, but you’ve just got to generate, generate over and over again.
She’s such a fighter and even when I was up in the second set, 4-2, 40-love, three break points, she came back fighting. When she comes back, the dynamic of the match changes a little bit so I’m really pleased to have got through that one.
After a set like that where there’s so much emotion involved and you win the set, it’s very easy to switch off. I was telling myself to stay sharp, keep working for every point. I knew as soon as I let up she’d be right back in and that’s what she did”.