Emma Raducanu makes honest admission regarding rivalry with Marta Kostyuk

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Emma Raducanu makes honest admission regarding rivalry with Marta Kostyuk

World No. 11 Emma Raducanu kicked off her Madrid debut with a victory as on Friday she defeated Tereza Martincova 7-6 (3) 6-0. Raducanu made a slow start to the match as Martincova led 5-2 after the opening seven games of the match.

Raducanu was on the verge of losing the first set but she saved two break points in the ninth game, before forcing a tie-break. In the tie-break, Raducanu won four consecutive points to take a 5-2 lead before she realized her first set point to steal the first set.

Martincova never recovered from blowing two set points in the first set as Raducanu claimed three breaks in the second set to complete a straight-set win. "Whenever you play at a tournament for the first time it is different.

And on a new court, I didn't practice on that one, so I was just trying to get familiar with the surroundings. And she came out swinging very well, so I was definitely feeling like I had to dig in here because I knew I wasn't playing my best at the beginning.

So I'm proud of the way I was able to make the most out of what had on the day and then I settled down in the second set," Raducanu said, per the WTA Tour website.

Raducanu plays Marta Kostyuk next

Raducanu and Kostyuk are set to meet for the second time as professionals but they are well familiar to each other, having clashed numerous times during their junior days.

Raducanu and Kostyuk met for the first time on the WTA Tour last October, when Kostyuk dominated Raducanu 6-2 6-1 in Cluj Napoca. Raducanu admitted Kostyuk is the one that has had more success so far in their meetings. "All throughout juniors she was always the favorite when we played.

She was considered much better. Yeah, it's a funny one. When we played last year she played very good, but also I wasn't very well that day. So it'll be an interesting match-up," Raducanu said.