Raducanu beat Osorio in the longest two-set match of the year

Raducanu beat Osorio in the longest two-set match of the year


US Open champion Emma Raducanu is finding her feet again on American soil. In 2 hours and 50 minutes, Camila Osorio won 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to advance to the quarter-finals of the Citi Open, the longest straight WTA main-draw match of 2022.

Here are three takeaways from Radukan’s victory:

Osorio never counted… but Raducan was ready: Osorio’s rise up the ranks last year was marked by improbable comeback wins and her fighting spirit at the back was in evidence against Raducan. In both sets, the Colombian dragged herself into contention despite massive flaws.

Raducanu had a point to lead 5-1 in the first set, and earned three break points to take a 5-2 double-break in the second. But Osorio made all the difference, coming within a whisker of a steal in both sets to take two set points, 5-4 at St. One, and win the match 6-5.

In an uncertain future, Osorio helped Raducanu with double faults on both of her set points in the first set. But it was Radukanu who overcame her loss to reach the event in both of her doubles matches. After going down 5-3 in the first final, the 19-year-old won the best of three points — a pass, a drop and a return. In the second 5-4, an impressive defense from Osorio brought a match point to Raducanu, who converted with a service winner.

An ugly win boosts confidence: Temperatures in Washington hovered around 90 degrees and 62% humidity, conditions were grim. Both players need treatment time for blisters. So, the stat sheet wasn’t pretty. Raducanu committed 51 unforced errors and Osorio 60.

I think I played in Landsville, Pennsylvania last year in those conditions for about three hours, and I’d say maybe there were worse conditions, but I wasn’t there for three hours. I was outside today,” said Radukanu. “So in terms of the conditions, it was probably hotter and tougher there, but match-wise I think it had to be one of the most physical matches I’ve ever played in.”

Her complete game contrasted with Raducan’s US Open last year, where she clicked over 10 matches in three weeks. The teenager has adapted to the main tour this year, but has come on the wrong end of a few disappointing losses in front of her, notably to Petra Martic and Katarina Siniakova in Indian Wells and Miami.

This match could easily have turned into more of the same after Raducanu held out for a 5-4 lead in the second set, sending a series of double faults and a left hand into the net. But ironing herself for a tie again was another learning curve for her.

Lyudmila Samsonova will be a formidable quarter-final challenge: Radukan’s opponent in the last eight will be Liudmila Samsonova, who beat Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in 2 hours and 14 minutes. They have never faced each other before.

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Radukanu’s run took her to her third quarter-final appearance at the US Open, following last October’s Cluj-Napoca and April’s Stuttgart. Getting past that level will be a huge hurdle to overcome.

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