Australian Open: Raducanu Breezes Into Second Round Defeating Shelby Rogers In Melbourne

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Emma Raducanu says it feels “extra sweet” to mark her Grand Slam comeback with a confident win over Shelby Rogers in the Australian Open first round. The 21-year-old Brit had not played at a major game since last year’s event in Melbourne; having missed nearly eight months after wrist and ankle surgeries. The21-year-old champion served superbly and hit her groundstrokes smoothly in a 6-3 6-2 win.

“I’m very happy to have come through that,” said Raducanu. “I think being my first Grand Slam match back, it is definitely a little bit extra sweet.”

Raducanu’s reward is a second-round match against China’s Wang Yafan, who knocked out 22nd seed Sorana Cirstea, on Thursday.

The former British number one, now ranked 296th in the world after her lay-off, joined compatriots Katie Boulter, Jack Draper and Cameron Norrie in winning first-round matches on Tuesday. Raducanu and Boulter – who has taken over as Britain’s highest-ranked woman – remain on course to meet each other in what would be an appetising third-round encounter.

After shaking hands with Rogers, she smiled as she waved to the crowd, then ran around the perimeter to thank the fans leaning over. “I missed that feeling of playing and interacting with the crowd; so I wanted to spend some time with them,” Emma, who was playing the third match of her tour-level comeback after returning to Auckland said. “I heard some young kids calling my name and it’s hard to walk away. I enjoy it, and I definitely missed it when I was away.”

 

 

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