Emma Raducanu loses to Coco Gauff in straight sets in the second round of the Australian Open
Why it matters
Raducanu was trying to beat a top-10 player for the first time, and although she lost, she defied injury to push a high-class opponent. The match was a good quality for the most part, and there was enough evidence to suggest that this could become a British-American rivalry to savour.
What the papers say
The Guardian, The Times, The Independent
How we got here
Raducanu had suffered an ankle injury in Auckland less than a fortnight ago, but recovered sufficiently to beat Tamara Korpatsch in the first round. Raducanu and Gauff are the two biggest young stars in the women's game, and their first career meeting was given the primetime slot of the night session on Rod Laver Arena.
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Emma Raducanu is a British tennis player.
She has a career-high WTA singles ranking of world No. 333, achieved on 9 March 2020. So far, she has won three singles titles on the ITF Circuit.
Cori "Coco" Gauff is an American tennis player. She is the youngest player ranked in the top 100 by the Women's Tennis Association and has a career-high ranking of No. 49 in the world in singles, and No. 42 in doubles.
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year excepting 1986, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon, and
Tamara Korpatsch is a German tennis player.
She has won nine titles on the ITF Circuit, and reached her best singles ranking of world No. 107 in August 2019.