Citi Open: Emma Raducanu beats Camila Osorio to reach the quarter-finals in Washington | tennis news

Emma Raducanu dug deep to beat Colombian Camila Osorio in the quarter-finals of the Citi Open in a match played in muggy conditions in Washington.

The British No.1 had secured his first win of the season on North American hardcourt through a two and a half hour battle over Louisa Chirico and was looking to create some momentum.

Reigning US Open champion Raducanu, the second-seeded of the tournament, started brilliantly to take the 3-0 lead in the first set after an initial break and a catch.

After finding herself trailing 4-2, Osorio, the number 67 in the world, recovered with two of her breaks bringing her to 5-4.

Raducanu, however, bounced back again to save two set points in the tenth game and level things up as the starting set went to the tiebreaker.

After taking the lead 2-0 with a mini-break, Raducanu’s serve falters once again with Osorio leading 5-3.

August 4, 2022, Washington, DC, USA: EMMA RADUCANU hits a backhand during her match against Camila Osorio at the Rock Creek Tennis Center.  (Credit Image: ..Kyle Gustafson / ZUMA Press Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
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Raducanu overcame extremely hot conditions to move up to the last eight

However, the British world number 10 then showed great resilience to level up before forcing a set point, which she secured with another break.

Raducanu took the lead 4-2 in the second set and kept control, but once again Osorio drew 4-4 before both players lost their serve.

Raducanu needed a medical suspension to treat the blisters on her racquet hand, which proved so expensive at the Australian Open, but was back on hold when the set switched to another tiebreaker.

The 19-year-old continued to dig deep and dominated from the baseline to take the lead by 5-3, before scoring her first match point when Osorio sent wide a return serve, winning 7-6 (7-5) 7 -6 (7-4).

“I think I died about three times in that game and I came back – honestly, I don’t know how,” Raducanu said in his post-match comments on the pitch.

“Camila is such a fighter. I was working so hard for every single point.

“When he comes back, the dynamics of the match change a bit, so I’m really glad I got through that.”

Both players received phased medical suspensions during the match, Osorio for a blister on his big toe midway through the second set.

Of his hand problems, Raducanu said: “At the start of the match I was fine, but then during the match my skin was just tearing off – it was pretty raw and open.”

Raducanu will play Russian Liudmila Samsonova for a place in the semifinals.

The British No.1 said: “She is a big ball forward and has the ability to take the game out of your hands, so for me it’s just about recovering the best I can for tomorrow.

“We will both feel it, and it’s a question of who will stay tough.”

Evans survives Fritz

In the ATP event, British men’s number 2 Dan Evans advanced to the quarter-finals after Taylor Fritz was unable to continue during the third set due to wet conditions at Rock Creek Park.

American third-seed Fritz had won the opening set before Evans, who defeated fellow British Kyle Edmund in the final round, bounced back to take second in the tiebreaker.

As Fritz, the world number 13, continued to fight, Evans went on 4-1.

At the end of the fifth game, Fritz called for medical assistance and then decided to retire, as Evans progressed 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 4-1. Evans wants the next game from Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.