Emma Raducanu conqueror Wang Xinyu sends classy injury message to Brit after Linz Open win
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Emma Raducanu suffered a shock defeat in her opening match of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz on Tuesday as she was beaten by Wang Xinyu. The Chinese qualifier won the match after taking the deciding third set 7-5.
Raducanu was the highest-ranked player in the competition after climbing into the world’s top 20 on Monday.
And she received a bye into the second round of the WTA 250 event, where she faced world number 106 Wang.
Raducanu started slowly in Austria and lost the first set 6-1, before winning the second after a tie break.
But the 18-year-old needed a medical time out during the enthralling encounter and saved match points before eventually being overpowered.
“I’m super happy,” admitted Wang after she stunned the Briton. “I think we both played a great match today.
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“I hope Emma has a speedy recovery because I saw she had some injury.
“The crowd today was amazing – although you guys were cheering for Emma.
“I really felt the passion here. It’s my first time here and I’m really enjoying playing this tournament. I was trying to believe in myself and just trying to focus on this point right now.”
“I’m very excited to be here – it’s my first time. The city is beautiful and the tournament is amazing. I hope I can do good this week in singles and doubles.”
Wang had already won three matches at the tournament this week after her victory over Kateryna Kozlova in the first round followed two qualifying wins.
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And she will take her place in the third round after hitting 32 winners and breaking Raducanu’s serve seven times.
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