she says she’s happy the target is off her back, but still her ranking before today means she’s the top seed.
Radukanu wins the toss and takes.
Jastremska has lost seven straight.
The players are introduced
First up is Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine. Here is Raducanu.
Looks like a nice evening in Slovenia. I estimate there are maybe 50 spectators in the stadium. The DJ, ambitiously, plays some washed out EDM/techno bangers. The crowd doesn’t miss it,
Only 32 players
in this tournament by the way, so you are only five wins away from glory.
Now she’s serving for the second set and the match… and she did put the Danish player away.
Right then. To you, Emma.
Maybe we’ll get to see a little more of Haddad Maia
She has second place in it and Emma Raducanu is first, so in theory they could be in the final on September 18.
Radukanu is not on the field yet
Hello, if you just joined us, Emma Raducanu is not on the court yet at the Slovenian Open. First, we must have a conclusion to the match between Tauson of Denmark and Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil. The latter is 4-2 and serves.
Emma Raducanu on the field soon
Hello, and welcome to our live blog of Emma Raducanu’s first round match at the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz tennis event or the Slovenian Open as it is also known. Raducanu, who of course won the US Open so brilliantly in 2021, has struggled since then and is currently ranked world number 83. Can she stop the rot with a win here in the first round over Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska?
Let’s look at some recent Raducanu news while we wait for the players to take the field sometime after 18:00.
Simon Briggs, the Telegraph’s tennis correspondent, advises that Emma now needs to hit the ground running at the ignominious events to gain experience, ranking points, courts and so on. Emma Raducanu’s road to redemption can take no shortcuts, writes Simon. “A spell treading the boards at smaller events would earn her the respect of her peers in the locker room, who have until now treated her as an upstart.”
The issue of her coaching and support team has been one that has come up a lot.
Emma Raducanu urged to find stability in her training set-up and stop “teasing”
Raducanu says: “I want new experiences. It doesn’t matter what they are. I think any player would be happy to win a tournament. I think it makes a huge difference regardless of the level.”
Perhaps some guidance or inspiration can be found from the following piece.
She and Andy Murray could team up on a new mixed-gender tournament.
And what about tonight’s opponent? Jastremska is 22 years old, from Odessa, and she is in the 89th place of the ranking. He reached 21 and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, so clearly there was no cup. We’ll see if Emma can get the show back on the road against her sometime after 6 p.m. UK time, which is the earliest they can take the field.
First, they must wait – as everyone must – for the conclusion of the match between Clara Tauson of Denmark and Beatriz Haddad Maia, who is a six-foot Brazilian. The South American won the first set and went 3-0 up in the second, so hopefully it won’t be too long.