Emma Raducanu and Clara Tauson dropped their opening match at the Citi Open in Washington, marking their first defeat in a professional doubles competition. The doubles specialists Lucie Hradecka and Monica Niculescu were drawn to play Raducanu and Tauson in their opening round, so they didn’t exactly have the best luck with the draw.
Top-40 doubles players Hradecka and Niculescu defeated Raducanu and Tauson 6-4, 6-1. Hradecka and Tauson started the match with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead, while Raducanu and Tauson got off to a very sluggish start.
Raducanu and Tauson refused to give up, breaking back Hradecka and Niculescu twice to reduce the score to 5-4 after being down by two breaks. When Raducanu and Tauson were serving to stay in the opening set and it appeared that the tide had turned in their favor, they were broken in the tenth game.
After dropping the first set, Raducanu and Tauson’s performance deteriorated, and Hradecka and Niculescu won in straight sets with two breaks in the second set.
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Raducanu will launch her singles campaign in Washington today.
Louisa Chirico will face Raducanu in the opening round. Finding my feet at this sort of level was always going to be challenging, according to Raducanu. “I practically skipped every step. I progressed from competing in a few [ITF] 25s to the Top 10 [in WTA 250s, 500s, and 1000s], competing in the Slams, and more.
In several bigger events, I was still able to win one or two rounds. In that regard, I’m quite proud of myself. I’ve come to realize how tough I am. I’ve been knocked down pretty much every single week in front of everyone and have gotten back up every single time.
For me, it’s just an enjoyable learning experience. If Raducanu can possibly win her first championship of the year this week, that remains to be seen.