Rennae Stubbs, a former six-time Grand Slam doubles winner, advised an opponent of Emma Raducanu to “become informed” when he chose to target the British player after one of her triumphs in Washington. On Thursday, Raducanu defeated Camila Osorio in a match that lasted two hours and fifty minutes, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
The two-set WTA match was the longest of the year. “I think I died around three times in that match,” Raducanu remarked after the victory. The playing conditions that day were really horrible because the temperature reached 36C.
In reaction to Raducanu’s remarks, a tennis fan tweeted, “Wta 250 thats nearly too hard for her lol.”
Then Stubbs defended Raducanu by leaping to his aid.
Stubbs took note of the remark and responded: “That is a foolish statement to make considering that Halep, Pegula, Mertens, and other seeds haven’t yet survived here.
That is a foolish statement to make considering that Halep, Pegula, Mertens, and other seeds haven’t yet survived here. Become informed. Renae Stubbs 5 August 2022, OLY (@rennaestubbs)
Raducanu led the second set 4-2 and had three straight break points.
Osorio managed to force a tie-break by battling her way back into the second set. But Raducanu managed to stay focused and prevail in two sets. “I believe I returned after dying three or four times during that match.
I have no idea how! Soon after beating Osorio, Raducanu commented. Camila is a real fighter. I worked so hard for every single point, even though they weren’t always the best shots. However, you just have to keep generating.
She fights so hard, and even when I had the lead in the second set (4-2, 40-love, with three break points remaining), she fought back. I’m pretty happy to have finished that one because when she returns, the match’s dynamic shifts a little bit.
It’s really simple to switch off after a set like that, where there’s so much passion involved and you win the set. I was urging myself to remain focused and continue pursuing each topic. She came back in immediately away after I let up, which is exactly what I expected her to do. After defeating Osorio, Raducanu left Washington after losing to Liudmila Samsonova in the quarterfinals.