No Emma Raducanu, No Party: A Disappointing Major for British Tennis
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 2464
Great Britain had no players in the top-75 of the WTA ranking list at the start of the season. Things are looking even worse five months later, with no British players in the top-100. The season's second Major starts on Sunday at Roland Garros, and there are no British competitors in the women's draw, making it their worst Major since the 2009 US Open!
Emma Raducanu underwent surgeries on both wrists and one of her ankles, struggling to produce her A-game and deciding to take the surgeries and make a fresh start in the second part of the year. Raducanu will skip Roland Garros and Wimbledon, hoping for a full recovery and better results once she returns.
With no direct entries, the British player entered the qualifying draw, and all seven failed to reach the final round! Sonay Kartal fell Viktoria Hruncakova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes.
There are no British players in the female main draw in Paris.
Kartal led 6-2, 5-1, playing well and marching toward the top. Instead of getting there, she dropped five straight games to lose the second set 7-5 and miss a great chance. Hruncakova produced five holds in the decider and broke the rival in the seventh game to seal the deal.
Yuriko Miyazaki fell to Ashlyn Krueger 6-2, 6-4, dropping serve four times and hitting the exit door with one break on her tally. Katie Boulter kicked off her campaign with a win over Nuria Brancaccio. She met Krueger in the second round and experienced a tight 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 defeat, dropping the match tie break 10-6.
Katie trailed 5-2 in the decider before bouncing back and taking four straight games to serve for the victory at 6-5. The American pulled the break back at the last moment and grabbed the deciding match tie break 10-6 to emerge at the top.
Katie Swan fell to the 17th seed Clara Tauson6 6-4, 6-2 after losing serve six times. Francesca Jones made a winning start, beating Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3. Jones retired in the second round after only five games. Heather Watson lost to Olga Danilovic 6-4, 6-3, breaking the Serb three times but experiencing five breaks for an early exit.
Harriet Dart reached the second round and lost to Elsa Jacquemot 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, making a flying start before losing ground. We will see British players at Wimbledon, but they will all need a wild card to enter the main draw.