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Emma Raducanu vs Liudmila Samsonova live: score and latest match updates from the Citi Open

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It was after the 18th take of Helter Skelter that Ringo Starr let out his famous cry, “I’ve got blisters on my fingers.” It is not recorded how the Beatles overcame this painful disease for all manual laborers – the surgical spirit? Monk Balm? Elastoplast? Calamine lotion potion? Denatured alcohol? There are plenty of “cure” for this complaint that could come in handy for Emma Raducanu, who struggled through last night’s second round matchup against Camila Osorio, spending 165 minutes to win 7-6, 7-6, with a straight stick. from the exorcist. A cornucopia of ancient and modern treatments, but will any work over time?

Tonight, she will face Russia’s 28th world No. Lyudmila Samsonova, who, by retaining her Italian citizenship, could play at Wimbledon this year rather than be banned, where she advanced to the fourth round in 2021 as a wildcard, as did Radukan. . She has an amazing serve and is content to stick to the baseline to wear down her opponents with powerful ground shots. Normally Radukanu tried to maneuver her from side to side before turning one of those… ahem… fast-paced winners on the left, but we just don’t know if she’ll be physically capable of playing deep in points, games and sets.

Having said this, she says she takes comfort in having survived yesterday’s ordeal with her sore arm in the sweltering heat. “For me, it was a pretty monumental effort to really get through it,” Radukan stated this on Thursday.

“There were a lot of moments in both sets where you would like to go for the easy option, trying to finish a point early, but, yeah, I’m just really happy and proud of how I dug when it really mattered.

“I was on the court for three hours and this morning I warmed up for about an hour. It just gives you confidence during a match like this.”


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