Emma Raducanu went deep to beat Colombian Camila Osorio in the quarterfinals of the Citi Open in a match that took place in sweltering conditions in Washington.
The British No. 1 earned her first win of the season on North American hard courts through a two-and-a-half-hour battle against Louisa Chirico and is looking to build momentum.
The defending US Open champion, Raducanu, the tournament’s number two seed, got off to a brilliant start to lead 3-0 in the first set after an early break and was held.
Then, finding himself leading 4-2, Osorio, world number 67, recovered with two breaks of his own to lead 5-4.
However, Raducanu bounced back again to save two set points in the 10th game and leveled things off as the opening set ended in a tie-break.
After taking a 2-0 lead with a small clearance, Raducanu’s serve faltered once again as Osorio led 5-3.
However, the British world No 10 then showed remarkable tenacity to level the score before pressing a set point, which she secured with another break.
Raducanu took a 4-2 lead in the second set and looked in control, but again Osorio equalized 4-4 before both players lost serve.
Raducanu needed a break to treat a blister on her racket handle, which proved costly at the Australian Open, but came back strong as the set moved into another round.
The 19-year-old continued to dig deep as she dominated the bottom line to take a 5-3 lead, before scoring her first match when Osorio hit a wide return, winning 7-6 ( 7-5 7-6 ( 7-4).
“I think I died about three times in that game and I came back – to be honest, I don’t know how,” Raducanu said in post-match comments on the field.
“Camila is such a good fighter. I worked so hard on every little point.
“When she came back, the course of the match changed a bit, so I’m really pleased to get through that game.”
Both players were on medical leave at various stages of the match, with Osorio blistering on his big toe midway through the second half.
Regarding his hand issue, Raducanu said: “In the beginning of the match I was fine, but then during the match my skin just ripped – it was pretty raw and open.”
Raducanu will go on to face Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova for a spot in the last four.
The England No 1 said: “She’s a good striker and has the ability to take the game out of your hands, so for me it’s just the best possible recovery for tomorrow.
“We’ll both feel it, and it’s a matter of who’s going to be tough.”
Evans outlasted Fritz
During the ATP event, British No. 2 Dan Evans advanced to the quarterfinals after Taylor Fritz was unable to continue in the third set because of wet conditions at Rock Creek Park.
American third seed Fritz won the opening set against Evans, who beat fellow British Kyle Edmund in the previous round, rallying to claim second in the tie-break.
As Fritz, world number 13, continued to fight, Evans led 4-1.
At the end of the fifth game, Fritz called for medical assistance and then decided to withdraw, as Evans advanced 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 4-1. Evans will next play the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.