Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanou of Britain reached the quarterfinals of the ATP and WTA Washington Open after refusing to give up on Thursday after a marathon match in sweltering heat.
The 19-year-old Englishwoman outplayed Colombian Camila Osorio 7:6 (7/5), 7:6 (7/4) in two hours and 50 minutes to win the longest two-set WTA main draw match ever. year.
“This has to be one of the most physical matches I’ve ever played,” Radukanu said. “It was a pretty monumental effort to really get through it.
“I’m just really happy and proud of how I dug in when it really mattered. It just gives you more confidence in a match like this.”
“Physically, I am very pleased with how I held out in that match. Looking forward to going again.”
Raducanu advanced to Friday’s quarter-finals against Lyudmila Samsonova, who beat Australia’s Ayla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the US Open.
It will be only Radukanu’s third quarter-final since she won a stunning New York Grand Slam title last year, reaching the top eight in Cluj-Napoca last October and Stuttgart in April.
She has yet to reach the semi-finals since she won the trophy at Flushing Meadows last September.
“Sometimes in your career you feel like everything happens automatically, you can take any shot you want and it will hit the target,” Radukanu said.
“These weeks don’t happen often. I’ve just come to terms with the fact that I won’t feel like this every week.”
Osorio was 3-0 behind Radukan but bounced back in the 13-minute seventh game and broke again to lead 5-4, then made three double faults in the first set, one on set point, and Radukan bounced back.
In the first tie-break, Osorio won five out of six points, the last when Radukanou double-faulted, to take a 5–3 lead. But Radukanu won the next four points, and the last three from the winners on the right, and captured the set.
“Mentally, I’m really proud of the way I’m doing now,” Radukanu said.
In the second set, Radukan lost to the winner of a forehand to take a 2-1 lead, but she needed to be treated for blisters on her left leg and Osario fought back to secure a tie-break.
Radukanu scored five of the last seven points for a triumph, the last one for the winning serve.
“What I love most is the challenge of constantly coming back and getting up again, getting up from the bottom many times,” Radukanu said. “It’s a fun challenge and I’ve changed my mind about it. I no longer see it as something negative.
“The reward you feel after winning, knowing you made it through, means so much more.”
– Evans will play Nishioka –
On the men’s side, Britain’s No. 16 Daniel Evans advanced to the top eight after US third seed Taylor Fritz retired and the Englishman led 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 4-1.
Evans is followed by world No. 96 Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, who beat No. 7 seed Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1).
Nishioka has played Evans 4-0 all-time, including a 2019 first-round win in Washington, a 2020 Australian Open second-round win, and a win in Miami in March.