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Emma looked far more like her usual self once she got that crucial break in the 2nd set at 2-2. Up until then, it was tricky and most of the issues were of her own doing.

She was a little too passive, and because Chirito fed her UEs all night, she kept persisting with that strategy of doing just enough to get the ball back into play and waiting. Some of her balls ended up too loopy and too short on a hardcourt and better players will punish her for that. Towards the back end of the 2nd set, she started hitting with far more purpose and power.

Her PMI with Renae Stubbs was an eye-opener in that she openly admitted she's having to manage her nerves and emotions on the court, and did so again tonight. Probably the first time I've heard her not just brush off concerns about pressure, and that they actually may be affecting her game.

Chirito was poor, but looked nervous also and every bit like someone that, until this week, hadn't beaten a top 100 player since 2016.
 

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Good first round opponent for Emma to settle her nerves. She will play much better in her next match, and will be much more aggressive I think
 
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a big difference between USO Raducanu and present Raducanu is how much she's waiting for the ball tbh during the USO she was on the baseline taking everything early and now she's looping things in most of the time
 

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Emma will have to pick-up her game now that she has MCOS, the pushing and relying on opponent errors might work with Kenin but Osorio is uncharacteristically hitting winners all over the show today.

One thing for sure, this is going to be a battle of come-ons.
 

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Good to see Emma taking advantage of Marie's withdrawal and winning a match here.

Raducanu's game has become quite lightweight since the USO win and she's not as aggressive as she was there, off both her returns and groundstrokes - she seems to have forgotten that her BHDTL is one of the best in the business, and has become quite a passive grinder. Hopefully being back on US soil inspires her to find that level again.
 

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Thinking back on how this compares with her Wimbledon opening match and second match, at Wimbledon I thought her first match against AVU was an ugly match from start to finish, but somehow she won because the other player was worse. She didn't have a visible panic attack like this time but she never regained her form throughout the match either. So she went into the second match like a sitting duck against an axe-to-grind Caroline Garcia.

This time was both worse and better. Worse because she actually had a full on panic attack mid-match but was able to overcome it herself and close out the first set. Better because when she was up a break in the second set (thanks in large part to her opponent's DFs and UEs), she found her footing and her game. The last 2-3 games esp. her confidence came back and she started playing more like the old Emma again.

I think this whole year she has been playing against two people in every match: herself and the other player. Her biggest opponent has actually been herself. At her best like at USO she is capable of beating any player on any given day. There is really no weakness in her game. It was all in her head. Lack of confidence caused by lack of match play. She was in denial all year about pressure, but it's good to see her finally acknowledging the nerves tonight.

Hopefully the difference btwn this and Wimbledon '22 is, this time she hit bottom and came back, and will be able to continue from where she left off, i.e. the second half of this match, and go from strength to strength from here on out, like she did after Wimbledon '21.
 

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Nice draw for Emma to start her American hard court season. Osorio should be easy too.
 

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Some comments are hilarious. She was playing probably a lucky looser, not even a qualifier, and from the comments, it seems that raducanu won against the number one seed. Everything in her game has deteriorated, including her back hand which used to be one of the best. The only thing improved is her grunting which is for the worse. Am however glad she recovered from getting another panic attack when she was 4-3 down in the first set.
 

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Some comments are hilarious. She was playing a lucky looser, not even a qualifier, and from the comments, it seems that raducanu won against the number one seed. Everything in her game has deteriorated, including her back hand which used to be one of the best. The only thing improved is her grunting which is for the worse. Am however glad she recovered from getting another panic attack when she was 4-3 down in the first set.
Chirico qualified fair and square. She beat the top seed in qualifying. Wang (LL) went on to destroy Tatjana Maria and now she plays Vekic.

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a big difference between USO Raducanu and present Raducanu is how much she's waiting for the ball tbh during the USO she was on the baseline taking everything early and now she's looping things in most of the time
Noticed this as well. Her BH in particular has regressed so much.

When she's getting a loopy ball from the opponent to her BH side, she's taking like 5 steps backwards and just looping it back in, rather than taking step(s) forward and hitting it early & flat. Confusing change in gamestyle.
 

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Thinking back on how this compares with her Wimbledon opening match and second match, at Wimbledon I thought her first match against AVU was an ugly match from start to finish, but somehow she won because the other player was worse. She didn't have a visible panic attack like this time but she never regained her form throughout the match either. So she went into the second match like a sitting duck against an axe-to-grind Caroline Garcia.

This time was both worse and better. Worse because she actually had a full on panic attack mid-match but was able to overcome it herself and close out the first set. Better because when she was up a break in the second set (thanks in large part to her opponent's DFs and UEs), she found her footing and her game. The last 2-3 games esp. her confidence came back and she started playing more like the old Emma again.

I think this whole year she has been playing against two people in every match: herself and the other player. Her biggest opponent has actually been herself. At her best like at USO she is capable of beating any player on any given day. There is really no weakness in her game. It was all in her head. Lack of confidence caused by lack of match play. She was in denial all year about pressure, but it's good to see her finally acknowledging the nerves tonight.

Hopefully the difference btwn this and Wimbledon '22 is, this time she hit bottom and came back, and will be able to continue from where she left off, i.e. the second half of this match, and go from strength to strength from here on out, like she did after Wimbledon '21.
Lol..... she's not even come close to proving the bolded.
 

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A win but a deeply unconvincing one. I said this months back but Raducanu cannot think about media, British and other fans, parents, peers etc once she is out on court. She has to swing free. She might still lose but she must at least play her best game out on court. Otherwise this can become a vicious cycle - never able to get enough match time to truly shake off the nerves because she's tight and doesn't play her best. And due to lack of deep runs, keeps losing early in tournament after tournament. It now appears that what had happened against Tomljanovic last year at Wimbledon was not an aberration and she is having trouble handling expectations. And possibly the person who has the highest expectations is herself.
 
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