US Open champ Raducanu stutters before title defense, losing to world No.7 Jessica Pegula


Emma Raducanu loses to Jessica Pegula in straight sets as her Cincinnati Masters run is abruptly ended and attention turns to her US Open defense

  • American Jessica Pegula defeated Emma Raducanu 7-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters
  • Pegula broke the Briton’s serve at 5-5 in the first set and at 2-1 in the second 
  • The world no. 8 halted the reigning US Open champion’s momentum in the lead up to Flushing Meadows
  • Raducanu is yet to defeat a top-10 player in the world at any point in her career

Emma Raducanu’s preparation for her US Open title defense has stuttered after a 7-5, 6-4 third round loss to Jessica Pegula at the Cincinnati Masters. 

Pegula was far too strong for the reigning Flushing Meadows champ and proceeds to the quarter finals where she will face France’s Caroline Garcia.

Critically, the American broke Raducanu’s serve with scores tied at 5-5 in the first set. 

The Buffalo native went on to close out the first and built on her performance in the second and final set.

Emma Raducanu failed to produce in key moments during her third round loss in Cincinnati

Pegula broke the Briton in her second service game of the final set before holding her serve throughout to cruise to victory.

Raducanu came into Thursday night with momentum after already accounting for 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. 

The 19-year-old defeated Williams 6-4, 6-0 in the round of 64 before disposing of Azarenka 6-0, 6-2 in the following round.  

Notwithstanding the result, Raducanu will arrive at Flushing Meadows as one of the contenders.

Jessica Pegula performed strongly as the top-ranked American at the Cincinnati Masters

Jessica Pegula performed strongly as the top-ranked American at the Cincinnati Masters

Undoubtedly, the Brit will look to draw upon her last visit to the US Open as inspiration. 

Raducanu entered the 2021 US Open draw as a qualifier before sensationally failing to drop a set until the semi-finals.

The Canadian-born teenager went on to advance to the final, before defeating Leyleh Fernandez 6-4, 6-3. 

Raducanu shocked the world, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam in the Open era

Raducanu shocked the world, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam in the Open era

In doing so, she became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam in the Open era.

The latest iteration of the Open will likely be more challenging for Raducanu, who is yet beat a top-10 player in the world.

To repeat the feat, she’ll likely need to create history one more time. 

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