Emma Raducanu shrugged off her recent fall in the world rankings as she made a winning start at the Slovenia Open in Portoroz.
The 19-year-old defeated Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine in her first match since defending her US Open title ended in a first-round loss to Alize Cornet.
Raducanu fell short of 83rd in this week’s new rankings, but she had insisted she was enjoying the “clean slate” granted her in her bid to return to the top of the game.
Raducanu saved all but one of four break points on her serve as she sank Yastremska, who pulled back two points after the 6-2, 5-3 loss.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/emma-raducanu-dayana-yastremska-slovenia-ukraine-b2165770.html Emma Raducanu wins the opener in Slovenia while opponent Dayana Yastremska retires