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Emma Raducanu cheers on Centre Court at Rothesay Open Nottingham
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Rothesay Open Nottingham 2024: Emma Raducanu cruises into quarter-finals

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Emma Raducanu’s return to the Rothesay Open Nottingham took another positive step as the former US Open champion beat Ukraine’s Daria Snigur to reach the quarter-finals.

The 22-year-old Brit defeated the world No.127 6-2, 6-2 to claim her second straight sets win this week on her long-awaited return to the grass courts.

“I’m very happy to have come through that match,” Raducanu said after making her first WTA quarter-final on the grass.

“It was a very tricky one in those conditions and I was very happy with how I dealt with all the circumstances. Daria is a really difficult opponent so it’s a great achievement to have come through that one.

"I’m very pleased to have made the quarter-finals here and I know if I keep putting out my level out there on the practice and match court then the results will come.”

Raducanu did well to respond to Snigur’s unorthodox playing style – heavy slice and keeping the ball low – and the British star won six straight games after going a break down in the first set.

“I knew before I came on today that I needed to be on it because Daria is a really good player and grass court player especially,” she said. “She won junior Wimbledon and a grew up playing against her so I know how tricky she can be and how unorthodox she can be. I’m very happy with how I managed it, especially in the beginning.

“Tennis is a game of momentum and you have to capitalise when you’re feeling the run, whether that’s games in a row, matches or even tournaments because wins and games are hard to come by.”

The Briton’s serve was arguably her biggest weapon in the second round – hitting 11 aces across both sets. Despite her troubles serving out the win in her opening match, she made no mistake this time around and sealed the victory on her third match point after an hour and 20 minutes.

Raducanu mentioned earlier in the week that she’d been working on her serve of late and the practise certainly appears to be paying off.

“I’ve been working on every part of my game but obviously the serve is very important,” she explained. “I’ve just been practising it I guess – it’s not like you do something and all of a sudden it becomes better, it’s just repetition and I’m pleased to be getting the rewards in competition.

“When I raise my game at break point down or at certain points in the game it’s always nice to get a free point, whereas at the start of the year I don’t think I was able to get that.

“I realised when playing top opponents like Iga (Swiatek) and Aryna (Sabalenka) you need a first serve to play them because they are very confident holding serve and if you don’t have one, it’s very difficult.”

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In the quarter-finals she could potentially face fellow Brit and close friend Francesca Jones – who was locked at one set apiece and serving for the match at 6-5, when it began to rain, forcing the players off court.

Raducanu later spoke about her friendship with the 23-year-old from Yorkshire and how much she’d relish an all-British clash in the next round.

“She’s someone that I’ve become quite close to in the last few weeks,” Raducanu said. “She’s playing great tennis – I went out and watched her in the first round against Caroline (Dolehide) and she’s playing really well.

“She has quite a few matches under her belt and she’s a really dangerous happens. Whatever happens if we play there will be a Brit in the semi-finals which is great for us.

“I think she’s overcome a lot of challenges with injuries as well so it’s nice to see her back and doing well. Both of us have gone through a lot so it’s going to be a good match.”

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