Emma Raducanu gained back-to-back matches for the primary time in six months to arrange at the moment’s quarter-final conflict with world No 1 Iga Swiatek on the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
Final yr’s US Open apart, the match is without doubt one of the 19-year-old’s hardest examinations of her profession up to now, the primary time the Briton has performed in opposition to a top-10 opponent.
“Iga is in nice type and will probably be an attention-grabbing match. I really feel like I’ve no stress going on the market on clay and enjoying in opposition to her,” Raducanu, who’s ranked twelfth on this planet, stated after Thursday’s three-set victory over Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch. “There are not any expectations on me within the match-up however I’m wanting ahead to seeing what occurs.”
Raducanu is as much as a career-high eleventh within the rankings after her newest win however Swiatek is in formidable type. The Polish participant is on a 20-match successful streak and coming off the again of successful each Indian Wells and the Miami Open.
In her final three matches, together with her last-16 tie in Stuttgart, she has dropped simply three video games and is enjoying the form of dominant tennis that noticed her storm to the French Open title in 2020 with out dropping a set.
Raducanu has seen off Storm Sanders and Tamara Korpatsch to succeed in the final eight in Stuttgart, the primary WTA clay courtroom match.
Her solely earlier assembly with Swiatek got here within the quarter-finals of the women’ singles at Wimbledon in 2018, when the world No 1, three triumphed in straight units 6-0 6-1.
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“I’m simply going to go on the market and swing as a result of I really feel like clay isn’t precisely labelled as ‘my floor’ however I get to take her on. It’s going to be a problem for positive however one I’m wanting ahead to,” added Raducanu.