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Emma Raducanu sees off Korpatsch to set up Stuttgart clash with Iga Swiatek

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Emma Raducanu defeated Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 in Stuttgart to set up a quarter-final clash with the world No 1, Iga Swiatek, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

The US Open champion started and finished strongly against lucky loser Korpatsch in her first WTA Tour event on clary, securing victory in back-to-back matches for the first time since the Transylvania Open in Romania last October.

The 19-year-old has played a progression of long, close matches this season so it would have been a help to win serenely against Storm Sanders in cycle one. Also, Raducanu regrouped against Korpatsch, dropping only seven focuses in an uneven first set.

But the world No 118 found her range in the second set and began to put significant pressure on Raducanu, who was unable to come up with the answers. The British player dug in to hold at the start of the deciding set and then threw Korpatsch off her rhythm with a series of high balls, before riding that momentum to the finish line.

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“Generally speaking, I feel like Tamara turned out in the subsequent set and played some inconceivable tennis,” Raducanu said in her on-court interview. “I didn’t think I was committing such a large number of errors, however I failed somewhat short and she was on top of it. As far as I might be concerned, it was just about pulling together for the third set and attempting to remain forceful.”

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In just her second WTA Tour quarter-final, Raducanu will face the formidable task of taking on Swiatek, who is on a 20-match winning streak. Their only previous meeting came in the quarter-finals of the girls’ singles at Wimbledon in 2018, when the Polish player won 6-0, 6-1.

“Of course she’s in great form and it will be an interesting match, but she’s number one in the world,” said Raducanu. “I feel like I’ve got no pressure going out there, playing on clay against her, so I’m looking forward to the match.”