BRITISH sensation Emma Raducanu has beaten Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round at the French Open.
The US Open champ led 2-0 and 4-2 in the first set but the Czech brilliantly fought back to win a tie-break and leave Raducanu with it all to do.
However, Raducanu staged a fantastic fightback of her own to take the second set 7-5.
And she wrapped things up with a dominant decider, winning it 6-1.
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“It was an absolute battle. Linda is playing some amazing tennis and really came out firing.
“As soon as I dropped my ball speed she was killing me.
“I’m really proud of the way I fought.”
What a fightback from the US Open champion.
Emma Raducanu has won this epic first round match 6-7 7-5 6-1 in two hours and 37 minutes.
She’s smiling and relieved now. A brilliant effort both with her tennis and mental resilience.
Raducanu 6-7 7-5 4-1* Noskova
A perfect serve out wide does the job for Raducanu there.
She holds and takes a 4-1 lead in this final set. The 19-year-old is only two games from glory now.
Noskova missed more chances there to break back. Chances she didn’t seem to miss in set one.
Raducanu 6-7 7-5 2-1* Noskova
What a hold. A gruelling game with chance after chance for Emma to win it.
And she finally gets it done when Noskova misses into the tramlines.
2hrs 19mins on the clock now and it feels like we have so much tennis still to play.
Raducanu 6-7 7-5 *1-1 Noskova
That was good from Noskova.
She holds serve and makes sure she doesn’t fall behind early in this decider.
Raducanu is asking all the right questions from the back of the court, but the 17-year-old is up to it so far.
Raducanu 6-7 7-5 1-0* Noskova
A perfect start to the final set from Raducanu.
She has turned this match on it’s head and is now the one dictating play.
Big effort needed for Noskova. Raducanu will want to press home this advantage.
Raducanu 6-7 7-5 Noskova
Game and second set! Raducanu draws level as we tick over two hours.
What a game that was. Noskova did incredibly well to save set points and bring up game point of her own.
But she threw in a couple more errors and it was a Raducanu drop shot which won the game.
We’re going to a decider.
Raducanu 6-7 6-5* Noskova
Back from the brink – and back in front.
Raducanu taken to deuce but holds her nerve to guarantee at least a tie-break in this set.
It really was just about nerve that game. Noskova pushed a couple of groundstrokes wide which she hadn’t before.
Raducanu 6-7 *5-5 Noskova
Raducanu had chances there – but Noskova holds.
She won four points in a row to get out of a 0-30 hole when she was two points from losing the set.
But we’re all square again.
Raducanu 6-7 5-4* Noskova
That’s a lot better from Raducanu.
For once she looked to be the one that was dominating the rallies and taking it on.
Noskova will be feeling the tension now.
Raducanu 6-7 *4-4 Noskova
Raducanu breaks back again. Instant response from the US Open champion.
That’s twice Noskova has got in front in this set and just gone into her shell a bit.
Raducanu pounces and is back on serve.
Raducanu 6-7 3-4* Noskova
A break to love! Noskova is in front again in the second set.
She absolutely dominated the Raducanu serve in that game and is now just two games from glory.
Huge problems for Raducanu.
Raducanu 6-7 3-2* Noskova
A few nervy moments but Raducanu holds and has her nose in front again in the third set.
She has a purpose in her stride to the chair now. Her head seemed to drop a little while ago.
Raducanu 6-7 *2-2 Noskova
A break back! Just what Raducanu needed.
Noskova maybe showing a bit of tension for the first time as she misses a backhand that had been pretty automatic the whole match.
A pump of the fist from Raducanu greets the break. There’s plenty of fight left in her still.
Raducanu 6-7 1-2* Noskova
These are now worrying times for Raducanu. She loses her serve and quite frankly is losing the baseline battle out here.
Noskova is in control of the majority of points. Her groundstrokes are on point and she’s thrown in the odd drop shot as well with Raducanu forced so deep.
Raducanu 6-7 *1-1 Noskova
Noskova also off to a good start in the second set with a comfortable hold.
She looks like she has Raducanu’s beating in the power game and is still the more aggressive player.
Oh no, Rads
Raducanu loses the opening set to Linda Noskova following a tie-break.
The Czech is hitting her spots and has a wonderful backhand despite her age.
What a disappointment after 65 minutes.
If Raducanu wants to progress, she will have to do so the hard way.
Raducanu 6-6 Noskova
It’s 3-3 at the change of ends. Raducanu dropped deeper and deeper there and ended up just looping a couple of defensive lobs back into play.
The last of which fell very short and Noskova moved in to finish it off.
Tense moments in this match.
To the tie-break we go
Emma Raducanu levels up at 6-6 with a double backhand-winner down the line and the first set will be decided on a tie-break.
This is becoming a tough assignment for the Brit against a player who is two years her junior.
She will be favourite to go 1-0 ahead but it is not a given.
Raducanu* 5-6 Noskova
This set continues.
Raducanu finds herself having to come out and serve for the set once again.
It is amazing how this match has turned around.
The Brit was a break ahead but that advantage has gone.
Raducanu 5-5 * Noskova
Raducanu holds her serve amid damp conditions in the French capital.
She needed to hold there otherwise it would have gone terribly worse.
Almost 50 minutes have passed on the clock in this draining first set.
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