Emma Raducanu Beaten In First Round Of Canadian Open By Camila Giorgi

"I think it was a really good match, to be honest," said the 19-year-old. "I just need to get better at dealing with players who play as quick as she does."

Emma Raducanu’s preparations for defending her US Open title were hampered further when she was defeated in the first round of the National Bank Open by Camila Giorgi.

The British number one, who is ranked 10th in the world, was defeated by the Italian defending champion 7-6 (7-0) 6-2.

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Ninth seed Raducanu led by a break early in the second set before Giorgi won six games in a row in Toronto.

“I think it was a really good match, to be honest,” said the 19-year-old. “I just need to get better at dealing with players who play as quick as she does.”

The US Open, where Emma Raducanu memorably triumphed last year, begins on 29 August in New York. The Toronto event is one of several hard court events before the final major of the season.

Raducanu advanced to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open last week, but was unable to defeat 29th-ranked Giorgi.

In the first set, the two traded early breaks before Raducanu saved a set point to force a tie-break.

Giorgi, 30, took the tiebreak by winning all seven points, but Emma Raducanu responded by winning the first two games of the second set.

However, the Briton was unable to maintain her lead and did not hold serve for the remainder of the set as Giorgi cruised to victory.

Coco Gauff, the 10th seed, defeated American compatriot Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3, and will now face Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Bianca Andreescu of Canada won 7-6, 6-4 over world number nine Daria Kasatkina in front of her home crowd.

The 22-year-old, who won the US Open in 2019, apologized after the match for twice calling out the trainer, including during the first-set tie-break.

“I was honestly a mess,” said Andreescu. “I’m so sorry for my attitude. I really do not feel well. I don’t know what it was – maybe I ate too much before the match.”

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However, two-time US Open champion Naomi Osaka was forced to retire midway through her match against Kaia Kanepi. Osaka trailed 7-6 (7-4) 3-0 when she quit with a lower back injury,

“I felt my back from the start of the match, and despite trying my best to push through it, I just wasn’t able to today,” said Osaka.


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