Raducanu wins AGAIN! Battling Brit digs deep for Indian Wells last 16
Raducanu wins AGAIN! Battling Brit digs deep to claim three-set victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia at Indian Wells – but her revival could be put to the test by world No 1 Iga Swiatek in the round of 16
- Emma Raducanu clinched an impressive three-set win over Beatriz Haddad Maia
- The Brit admitted afterwards that she is encouraged by her upturn in form
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Emma Raducanu advanced to the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells for the first time as she battled her way to a 6-1 2-6 6-4 win over 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Raducanu, who has overcome a wrist injury and illness, had to dig deep in a contest lasting more than two hours before claiming a win which ranks as her best since her 2021 US Open triumph.
Raducanu’s serve was in full flow as she cruised through the opening set inside 34 minutes, but it deserted her in the second, the Briton double faulting four times as Haddad Maia turned the tide and Raducanu lost her first set of the tournament.
The world number 77 saved a break point to hold for 2-2 in the decider before going on to break the Brazilian for a 4-3 lead.
She set up two further break points, but Haddad Maia made her serve it out, which she duly did.
Emma Raducanu has advanced into the last 16 at Indian Wells with another promising win
Raducanu battled her way to a 6-1 2-6 6-4 win over 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia
‘I’m extremely happy with the way I fought and dug in [during] the third set,’ said Raducanu. ‘I dropped my intensity a little bit in the second and against such a great opponent like Beatriz, that’s enough. It’s a 6-2 set before you know it.
‘I was really happy with how I managed to regain my focus and intensity, and come back in the third.’
The victory is another promising sign for Raducanu, who has struggled to consistently recapture the form that made her a US Open winner in 2021.
‘For me, it’s pretty amazing,’ she added. ‘I haven’t really prepared for this tournament, I haven’t really practiced.
‘To come out here and play at this level and be competitive is a great sign for me. I did put two great weeks back home in London. To see those coming through and showing on the match court at crucial points sometimes is really exciting for me.’
Raducanu will play either world number one Iga Swiatek or Bianca Andreescu in the next round.
Raducanu admitted after the match that her signs of a recovery in form are encouraging
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