Emma Raducanu vs Renata Zarazua: Briton wins first set in tie-break at Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu vs Renata Zarazua: Briton wins first set in tie-break at Wimbledon
Zarazua* 6-6 Raducanu
A fair few Raducanu first serves have not found their mark in this set and it’s the same in this game, which puts the Briton on the back foot.

A welcome backhand winner that clips the baseline brings a cheer from the crowd for 30-15 and then a Zarazua return flies long. For the first time in the match, the Mexican looks towards her box in frustration.

She forces Raducanu to net on the next point but a repeated pummeling from the Britain’s forehand brings out an error from Zarazua. We’re heading to a first-set tie-break!
5:22PM
Zarazua 6-5 Raducanu*
Plenty of movement from Raducanu around the baseline but the less said about her net game the better. It’s the drop shots and lobs that are working in Zarazua’s favour here. Radcanu needs to find some better variety in her own shots.

Zarazua moves 40-15 ahead and another return goes long off the Raducanu racket. From a break up, she will now serve to stay in the set.
5:18PM
Zarazua* 5-5 Raducanu
Patience is key for Raducanu here, with her opponent hitting freely and confidently. After another long baseline exchange, the Mexican goes long. But moments later Raducanu again finds no joy at the net for 15-15.

Back-to-back yelps of ‘c’mon’ from Raducanu as she grinds out the next two points. She finally reads the drop shot from her opponent but cannot follow it up with a successful winner off Zarazua’s attempted lob.

Strong defensive work on the baseline sees Raducanu eventually hold.
5:13PM
Zarazua 5-4 Raducanu*
Zarazua continues the run of points, going 30-0 up and prompting a round of applause to ripple around Centre Court to try and lift Raducanu.

It appears to work as the British player belts her forehand return straight up the line.

But the Mexican is unmoved, eventually wrapping up the hold thanks to another crafty drop shot. Now it’s the Mexican who is eyeing up the set. Quite the turnaround.

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