Impressive Raducanu brings GB level against France

Emma Raducanu produced a superb comeback to beat Caroline Garcia and level Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie against France.

Raducanu grew in confidence as she beat world number 28 Garcia 3-6 6-3 6-2 on the clay court in Le Portel.

Anne Keothavong’s side had been on the back foot after British number one Katie Boulter earlier suffered a chastening 6-2 6-0 loss to Diane Parry.

The best-of-five tie concludes on Saturday.

Raducanu’s well-documented injury struggles have limited her time on the clay, as well as her appearances for her country.

She trailed former world number four Garcia by a set and a break before things truly clicked into place for her, with her serve, forehand and a series of blistering returns helping her out.

Despite an entertaining moment where Raducanu started to celebrate victory before realising the score was only 5-1, the 21-year-old looked dialled in and, crucially, still fresh as she sealed a hard-fought victory.

Raducanu said afterwards: “I don’t know what happened. It was quite embarrassing!

“All I was thinking was: If I lose this, I’m going to look like a right muppet. So I’m very happy I managed to pull it through.”

The hope for Britain now will be that she is able to replicate her form in tomorrow’s reverse singles.

More to follow.


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