Emma Raducanu served up another impressive display at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday, as she thrashed former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka 6-0 6-2 to book her place in the third round.
Less than 24 hours after disposing of 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in the opening round, Raducanu produced another eye-catching display at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, as she eased past Azarenka after just over an hour on court.
The victory also represented Raducanu’s first success over a player ranked in the top 30 of the world since her shock triumph at last year’s US Open and the signs are positive that she could be returning to form ahead of the defence of her title at Flushing Meadows (Raducanu 16/1 – US Open Outright).
“I was playing a great match for sure and to play Vika I had to stay focused throughout,” the 19-year-old told reporters after her victory over Azarenka.
“In the second set I could feel the important moments and a couple of turning points that could have made the second set really difficult.
“I am really pleased with how I dug in, and serving it out in that last game was really difficult.”
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Raducanu’s reward for reaching the last 16 in Cincinnati will be a clash with American seventh seed Jessica Pegula, who needed three sets to get past Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in her second-round contest (Pegula 4/6, Raducanu 6/5 – Match Betting).
In the men’s draw, Cameron Norrie (pictured) recovered from a sloppy start to claim a first-ever victory over fellow Briton Andy Murray.
The Wimbledon semi-finalist came through 3-6 6-3 6-4 against Murray in the same week it was confirmed the two players would form part of Great Britain’s Davis Cup team later in the year.
“It’s a massive win for me, beating Andy for the first time,” ninth seed Norrie said on Amazon Prime.
“I think there was not much in it. I managed to find myself at one-set all, I don’t know how.
“The last set was a battle, he had some chances and I played a couple of good points.”
Norrie’s reward for reaching the third round will be a clash with American teenager Ben Shelton, who set up the showdown by getting the better of fifth-seed Casper Ruud in straight sets (Shelton 9/4, Norrie 1/3 – Match Betting).
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