Emma Raducanu’s brilliant early run at the Western and Southern Open ended in a 7-5 6-4 loss to Jessica Pegula.
The British 10th seed opened their campaign in Cincinnati with impressive victories over WTA Tour veterans Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
But the top-ranked American proved too steep a mountain for the defending US Open champion to climb.
Pegula took control early in the game, dictating ground play and converting two break point opportunities to win the opener.
Another break early in the second gave the world number eight the necessary momentum to secure a place in the quarter-finals.
Pegula’s technical prowess disrupted the clinical tennis Raducanu displayed in her earlier games, with the 19-year-old giving up 21 unforced errors in the loss.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/emma-raducanu-cincinnati-serena-williams-victoria-azarenka-british-b2148223.html Jessica Pegula stops Emma Raducanu’s run in Cincinnati