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Emma Raducanu was defeated 6-1, 6-1 in just 62 MINUTES by Marketa Vondrousova

Emma Raducanu was defeated 6-1, 6-1 in just 62 MINUTES by Marketa Vondrousova and Great Britain suffered a respectable 3-2 defeat by the Czech Republic in the Billy Jean King Cup

  • Britain’s Emma Raducanu was defeated 6-1 6-1 by Marketa Vondrousova
  • Harriet Darth later won 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 against 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova
  • Raducanu received blisters on his right leg, which necessitated a medical timeout
  • GB, however, could not stay in pairs and were comfortably defeated

By Mike Dixon for The Mail on Sunday

Posted: 11:56, 16 April 2022 | Updated: 18:03, 16 April 2022

The expected strike by Britain from the Czech Republic never took place, as did a rare event without injuries to Emma Raducanu.

The British No. 1 was subdued on Saturday, this time from blisters on its feet, as Anne Keotawong’s team fell to a respectable 3-2 defeat in clay in this playoff to qualify for the November finals of the Billy Jean King Cup.

Reducing to decisive pairs was a closer result than could have been expected, although the disadvantage was the lack of physical endurance at the US Open, which was rediscovered.

Emma Raducanu struggled when she was beaten by Czech Marketa Vondrousova (left)

After playing great to win her single on Friday, the Kent teenager lost 6-1, 6-1 to Marketa Vondrousova, who gave her something like training in the art of clay tennis.

The unusual type of movement required on clay brought on bubbles to Raducanu.

She talked about losing her toenails, but later it turned out that blisters were already a problem before the start.

The game of British women is so limited that it was sent there after all. It has always been possible to lose a cause against such a high-class representative as Vondrousova, the finalist of the French Open for 2019, who prevails in almost winter cold.

While Raducanu is under enormous pressure as he tries to withstand his sudden triumph in New York, it is understandable that defeats are often accompanied by some physical failure or otherwise. In particular, she said she would look for the causes of the foot problems.

“I must have had a few blisters on my legs, but I think it has a lot to do with it,” she said.

Saturday’s victory of Vondrousova led the Czech Republic 2-1, and later they won 3-2

“So I’m just going to go and evaluate all my options in all kinds of foot scenarios. Because this has happened many times already and we have to cross it in its infancy.

She added that the blister made her feel “superfluous” on the court: “He appeared after yesterday’s match. We managed it, but I couldn’t move or charge anyway.

“It’s just an attempt to improve as soon as possible. He was in very good condition this morning. I was training and it was definitely getting worse at the end of the training session. ‘

She is due to play in the WTA event in Stuttgart this week: “I will do my best to prepare as best I can. I hope to be able to get there and play. But I can’t say for sure.

Captain Ann Keotawong was aware that Radukanu had a potential problem, but said: “Unfortunately, she felt things were getting worse as the match continued. She is still young, she has not finished a whole year on tour.

“It takes time to get used to life on tour and get healthier. She definitely needs to get healthier, it’s no secret, she knows that. She is working on it, she will find a way that works for her.

Harriet Darth brought the level of Great Britain after she defeated 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova

Raducanu acknowledged that she had to deal with the injuries that had affected her performance

Raducanu, who has never played a professional doubles match, retired from the decisive rubber, after which rivals Harriet Darth and Katie Swan were eliminated 6-1, 7-5 by Vondrousova and Carolina Muhova on a cool afternoon.

The huge availability of GB by male pairs of players is not reproduced among women. It seemed strange that none of the top six doubles toys was chosen as an option, although in reality it is unlikely that there was much difference between quality pairing: “We have to work with what we have,” Keotawong said. .

The decisive pairs were set by Darth after a change in the Czech national team, in which 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova, for whom a great future is predicted, was thrown into battle.

This had the opposite effect when GB No. 2 came out with great merit, defeating it 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, gathering the necessary composure in a tense decision.

GB can still qualify for the final event with 12 teams, as it is one of the few participants to host it in November, and if successful, then the team will be guaranteed a substitute sign for the hosts.

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