PETRA Martic appeared calm to get rid of Emma Raducanu with a score of 6-7 (3), 6-4 and 7-5, Monday (14/3) WIB, to advance to the last 16 of the tennis tournament at Indian Wells.
Raducanu was outstanding in the first-set tiebreak by hitting a winner, but his energy and speed of serve waned in the second as he appeared to be struggling with his physical discomfort.
Martic took advantage of the situation to equalize.
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The 11th seed, who is the US Open champion, then came back in the third set and held serve when leading at 5-4.
However, his Croatian opponent strengthened his defense to break the British teenager’s serve.
Raducanu unleashed a forehand that fell off the pitch on matchpoint to end a marathon two hours and 46 minutes.
« I’m happy that I stay calm when I’m not playing well, » Martic said in an interview on the pitch.
« I think this match was ups and downs for both sides. We’ve both gone through good and bad periods, so I’m happy I can let it all go and just focus on the next point, » he continued. (Ant/OL-1)