Emma Raducanu won her first match since the US Open, defeating Dayana Yastremska at the Slovenia Open in Portoroz on Monday.
Raducanu, the defending champion, entered this year’s US Open with high hopes only to be disappointed soon.
She decided to take the wild card to enter this tournament and won her first match in Slovenia when the 19-year-old defeated Yastremska of Ukraine.
Raducanu fixed the first set 6-2 and led 5-3 in the second round before the Ukrainian was forced to withdraw.
Yastremska aggravated an existing wrist wound and had to withdraw.
Raducanu saved all but one of four break points on her serve when she sank Yastremska, who withdrew two points after the defeat.
Raducanu is delighted to win this, her first match since defending her US Open title ended in a first-round loss to Alize Cornet.
“It’s really nice to be here. I got here early and it’s a great place to host a tournament,” she said afterwards.
“Nobody wants to win when they retire. She’s a fierce competitor. I fought hard to keep the points. I’m happy to be in the next round.”
Her disappointing US Open campaign landed Raducanu at 83rd in this week’s new world rankings but Raducanu is denying that and insists she likes the “clean vehicle” it offers. for her in an attempt to get back to the top of the game.