Britain’s Emma Raducanu fell to China’s Shuai Zhang (51st) 6-3, 6-2 in her WTA debut in San José. It was her first appearance since Wimbledon, where she made history by reaching the round of 16 and defeating, among others, the recent Silver medalist in Tokyo, Marketa Vondrousova.
A few weeks ago the 18-year-old had made local audiences rave at the All England in all four of his appearances, beyond the sad end: he had to withdraw from his match against Alja Tomljanovic due to respiratory problems.
To kick off the US Open Series, a gathering of preparatory tournaments for the last Major of the season, the 184th player in the world received a Wild Card in San José (hard court). He got a Top 55 and, beyond showing many variants with the backhand and character when overcoming risky situations (8/12 in break points against), she did not provide the best level and fell in straight sets in her second WTA event.
Zhang, owner of 2 titles in the category, will face the local Madison Keys (third seed) in search of the quarterfinals.