Raducanu departs Auckland Classic following a stumble in the final set against Svitolina.

Elina Svitolina made a comeback after losing the first set to defeat Emma Raducanu 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-1 upon her return from injury in the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
The former British world No 1, who recently underwent surgeries on her wrists and ankle, won her first-round match against Elena-Gabriela Ruse. She took an early lead in the first set against the second seed, but Svitolina fought back to secure the victory and advance to the third round. Next, she will face Marie Bouzkova in the tournament’s quarter-finals as part of her preparation for the upcoming Australian Open.
Raducanu appeared poised to win the first set when she took a 5-1 lead, but Svitolina rallied to force a surprising tie-break, where Raducanu eventually claimed the win.
In the second set, Svitolina broke Raducanu’s serve early on, leveling the match. However, the 2021 US Open champion quickly broke back, and both players entered a second tie-break.
While Raducanu initially gained the upper hand in the tie-break by breaking Svitolina twice, the world No 25 showed resilience by winning six consecutive points to push the game into a deciding set.
In the final set, the 21-year-old Raducanu struggled and was broken early on, allowing Svitolina to take control of the match by winning the next three games. Svitolina then went on to secure a 5-0 lead. Raducanu managed to avoid a “bagel” by holding her serve in the sixth game but ultimately, Svitolina sealed a comfortable victory.
After the match, Svitolina commented, “It was a great match from both of us. Emma played a great match and it was really difficult, physically. I hope I will recover for tomorrow, be ready and you guys can give me some support. Two great matches and now against Emma, they played really well. I am happy with the way I handled pressure moments and just a really great way to start the year.”

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