Emma Raducanu: “amazing” first US Open match

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The year’s grandest tennis tournament, the US Open, got underway this week in New York. The week also included a memorable moment in female tennis when 17-year-old Emma Raducanu of Romania won her first match.

“Obviously that is crazy,” John McEnroe, herself a former world number one and later women’s singles champion at the US Open, said when asked about Raducanu’s victory in the women’s doubles first round.

Speaking to “The Michael Smerconish Show” on SiriusXM, McEnroe then described Raducanu’s win as “amazing” and praised her for bouncing back so positively after suffering a wrist injury in March.

McEnroe, 61, also spoke about what it’s like to go from being the best player in the world to working as a commentator and contributor to “Masterpiece Theatre.”

Raducanu and fellow teenager Irina-Camelia Begu put on a compelling display of attacking tennis to take the first set 6-3 against Tatjana Maria and Barbora Krejcikova. However, the other five players in the women’s doubles competition fared better, pushing Raducanu and Begu to three sets in their second round match.

Raducanu fell short of the quarterfinals, losing to former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, while Begu progressed into the last 16 in the women’s singles.

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Bruno Soares, the US Open men’s doubles champion with former world number one Daniel Nestor of Canada, also fell in the first round of the mixed doubles alongside a partner. They lost 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 to France’s Stephane Robert and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany.

Soares, 37, however, was able to enjoy another memorable US Open moment in his own singles match on Monday, taking the first set against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia in straight sets, 6-2.

With Soares leading 2-0 in the second set, Diatchenko pulled level at 2-2, before Soares scored an ace to claim the second set with a 6-2 score.

Ultimately Soares lost a marathon second-set tiebreak 7-6 (7-5), and the match went into three sets. Soares lost to Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

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While Raducanu fought hard in the US Open doubles first round, the men’s doubles first round saw Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov upset Rafael Nadal in the first round, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).

While Nadal ended up losing to Shapovalov and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, the Spaniard appeared in good spirits after the match, “strolling the whole time.”

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