Hello and welcome to dwell protection of Emma Raducanu’s opening match on the Ostrava Open.
The world No 67 is taking part in this week’s WTA 500 within the Czech Republic- her first event since retiring injured in Seoul.
Raducanu achieved her greatest consequence since profitable the 2021 US Open on the Korean Open as she made the semi-final earlier than being pressured to cease within the third set towards Jelena Ostapenko, retiring the match citing a left glute harm.
The British No 1’s health continues to be a difficulty however on a reasonably quick indoor court docket she has each likelihood of troubling her opponent.
The 19-year-old has had per week off and seems to have recovered from that specific challenge that ended her Korean Open run to the Latvian, as she stays within the attract Ostrava.
Nonetheless, Raduancu may have an enormous problem on her fingers if she is to make a second-successive semi-final within the Czech Republic. In addition to going through Daria Kasatkina in her opening match and with two-time Australian Victoria Azarenka a possible opponent within the second spherical.
World No 3 Anett Kontaveit sits in Raducanu’s half of the draw and is filled with confidence after reaching the ultimate of her dwelling event in Tallinn, whereas world No 1 Iga Swiatek could be a possible semi-final opponent as she heads up the highest half.
Regardless of Raducanu struggling her fourth retirement of the yr, her first spherical opponent Kasatkina has loved a resurgent 2022 season. The Russian is at present sitting at No 11 on the planet and No 7 within the race to the WTA finals.
The 25-year-old has not performed since struggling a shock first-round defeat to fellow British participant Harriet Dart on the US Open, whereas Raducanu has contested two occasions since her personal upset loss in New York.
The gamers are due on court docket simply after 3pm and we may have game-by-game updates for you all through plus all of the post-match response.