Jelena Ostapenko ends Emma Raducanu’s Stuttgart journey in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a 1R

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In their first-round encounter at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Tuesday, Jelena Ostapenko easily defeated Emma Raducanu. The Latvian defeated the British player 6-2, 6-1 in in 58 minutes. 80% of the points Ostapenko won on her first serve.

On Raducanu’s second serve, she won 74% of her second-serve points and equal numbers of points on return. The 25-year-old converted all five of her break point opportunities while saving the one break opportunity she encountered.

“I knew against her the main thing was to step in the court,” Ostapenko said following the victory. Of course, I missed a few balls, but I always tried to play aggressively when I could. Don’t give her many chances; just attempt to seize the ball quickly.

I’m back on clay, my favorite surface, at last. The 2017 Roland Garros champion will face third seed Ons Jabeur in the second round.

Barbora Krejcikova and Paula Badosa dazzle in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Barbora Krejcikova, the champion of the 2021 French Open, also proceeded to the second round with a similarly lopsided victory.

In one hour and 23 minutes, the Czech defeated Liudmila Samsonova 6-2, 6-3. The seven break points Krejcikova faced were all avoided. On Samsonova’s serve, she was presented with eight break points, five of which she successfully converted.

Compared to Samsonova’s 55% and 61% points on returns on her opponent’s second serve, Krejcikova won 77% of the points she served first. The second seed Aryna Sabalenka will be Krejcikova’s next opponent. Krejcikova and Sabalenka will be playing each other for the fourth time this season in this contest.

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At the Dubai Open earlier, Krejcikova triumphed in their first match of 2023. Later, Sabalenka triumphed in their following two games in the Miami Open and Indian Wells. The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix saw an early upset by Paula Badosa of Spain.

In their round-of-32 match, Daria Kasatkina was defeated by Badosa 6-1, 6-1. Badosa defeated the seventh-seeded player in under 70 minutes. In the second round, Cristina Bucsa, a fellow countrywoman, will face off against Badosa.

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Jelena Ostapenko ends Emma Raducanu’s Stuttgart journey in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a 1R
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