British grand slam champion Emma Raducanu has continued her luckless run since profitable the 2021 US Open, pressured to retire from the ASB Traditional in Auckland.
Raducanu was cruising in opposition to Viktoria Kuzmova at 6-0 earlier than dropping the second set 5-7, struggling an ankle harm late within the latter and with the ability to play only one level within the decider earlier than retiring. She was seen in tears as she walked off the courtroom.
It leaves the world No.78 unsure for the Australian Open which begins in 11 days.
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KOKK CAN’T PASS BIG TEST
Thanasi Kokkinakis’s Adelaide Worldwide is over after falling 6-7(2) 4-6 to Jannik Sinner.
Additionally in motion on Thursday was Novak Djokovic, with the nine-time Australian Open champion taking over Frenchman Quentin Halys, who knocked out Australian Jordan Thompson to qualify for the primary draw.
Djokovic breezed via his first singles match in Australia in practically two years, defeating Halys’ countryman Fixed Lestienne in straight units on Tuesday.
It was a far much less pleasing begin for Djokovic in opposition to Halys, nevertheless, with the 26-year-old breaking Djokovic in his opening service recreation and holding serve twice to race to a 3-0 lead.
Halys received to 5-3 with the prospect to serve for the set, however Djokovic kicked into gear, breaking Halys to like and letting out an enormous roar to the Centre Courtroom crowd.
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Undaunted by the setback, Halys managed to carry serve to convey the set to a tiebreak.
Djokovic, nevertheless, went to a different degree within the tiebreak, attending to 6-3 earlier than serving out the primary set, finishing a restoration from 2-5 down.
Nonetheless, Halys remained steadfast, persevering with to carry serve within the second set and ultimately forcing a tiebreak.
Halys fared much better this time round, however was nonetheless introduced undone by the level-headed Djokovic, who took the tiebreak 7-5 to seal victory and a spot within the quarter-finals.
The United Cup will resume on Friday in Sydney, with the ultimate 4 groups to do battle in Sydney.
On Friday, Poland will start its conflict in opposition to the USA in the course of the day, whereas the night session will see Greece and Italy start their tie.
Each ties will conclude over the course of Saturday, with the winners to face one another within the last.
ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL: Order of play (all occasions AEDT)
Matches from 11:30am
Denis Shapovalov (7) def. Roman Safiullin 6-4, 6-3
Novak Djokovic (1) def. Quentin Halys 7-6(3), 7-6(5)
Not earlier than 3pm
Victoria Azarenka vs Qinwen Zheng
Not earlier than 7pm
Jannik Sinner (6) vs Thanasi Kokkinakis
Not earlier than 9pm
Ons Jabeur vs Sorana Cirstea
Matches from 11:30am
Linda Noskova vs Claire Liu
Jelena Ostapenko (7) vs Irina-Camelia Begu
Not earlier than 2:30pm
Sebastian Korda vs Roberto Bautista Agut