Emma Raducanu vs Bianca Andreescu: Live coverage and latest updates from the Miami Open
Emma Raducanu comes into the Miami Open on the back of her best run of wins and best victory since her memorable US Open win in 2021.
Last week under the palm trees of Indian Wells the Briton won three consecutive matches, the last two – over Magda Linette and Beatriz Haddad Maia – her best showing, in terms of rankings, since her breakthrough triumph. They came before she was beaten in straight sets by world No 1 Iga Swiatek, but that defeat could not cloud what was a good week for Raducanu.
Not least because the Briton only assessed her fitness level as being at 35 per cent. And after her run to the last 16 she was understandably happy with her form.
“It feels good, it gives me confidence,” Raducanu said. “I think especially because of where I was before this tournament, didn’t think I would even play, to be honest. When I’m telling you I haven’t trained, like I haven’t trained.
“I would say there is a very long way to go, but I’m definitely starting the right work now…I think I had a few good wins earlier against some great opponents. I did two good training weeks in London. They paid off to an extent but ultimately two weeks of training isn’t going to cut it against the world No 1 right now.
“I’m looking forward to playing her after I’ve got more time under my belt.
“Physically I feel like that’s going to be one of my biggest assets. I think that I’m going to be one of the best athletes on the tour, and that’s going to be a big part of my game.
“I would say there is a very long way to go, but I’m definitely starting the right work now.”
Today she faces Bianca Andreescu who Swiatek also beat at Indian Wells. The Canadian fared slightly better than Raducanu’s 6-3, 6-2 loss, coming short in a second-set tie-break and ultimately losing 6-3, 7-6.
Swiatek said Andreescu was tough to play against adding she “had a great defence” and used a sliced backhand “that was tricky to face.”
Stay here for all the action with the players set to be on court at 4pm.