Watch: Emma Raducanu loses signed ball behind fence, finds it & makes young fan's day

Raducanu didn't quit until she made sure her signed ball got to the hands of her young fan.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Watch: Emma Raducanu loses signed ball behind fence, finds it & makes young fan's day
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Emma Raducanu had a heartwarming moment with a young fan following her Indian Wells second-round win as the Briton made her best effort to find a signed ball she inadvertently struck into the fence and gift it to one of her young fans. 

On Saturday, former world No. 10 Raducanu was 4-0 up on Dayana Yastremska when the Ukrainian retired from the match seemingly due to stomach issues. 

After spending less than 20 minutes on the court before sealing an Indian Wells third-round ticket, Raducanu was signing balls and sending them into the stands. At one moment, Raducanu hit the ball too weak, and instead of finishing in the stands, it got lost behind the fence. Raducanu instantly started searching for the ball, with one person navigating her where to search. 

Then, the ball just popped out and that's when the 21-year-old Briton grabbed it and this time successfully threw it to a young fan.

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Emma Raducanu© The Tennis Letter - X
 

The crowd loved the moment and recognized the 2021 US Open champion's efforts with applause.

Raducanu spent just 21 minutes on the court before Yastremska retired

After starting the match with a break, Raducanu also saved a break point en route to confirming her break and opening an early 2-0 lead. In the third game, Raducanu got her second break before routinely serving out the following game for a comfortable 4-0 lead.

Yastremska, who seemingly dealt with stomach issues, had a physio visit her before calling it quits on the match after just 21 minutes of play. 

For Raducanu - who is playing her fifth tournament since kicking off her post-surgery comeback - this is the first time this season that she has made it past the opening two rounds at a tournament. Later in the day, Raducanu will learn her third-round opponent after No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka and Peyton Stearns finish their second-round match.

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Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman
 

Considering that Sabalenka is the huge favorite to beat Stearns, Raducanu's next opponent will likely be the two-time Grand Slam champion. 

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