The US Open champion began her North American hard-court season on Tuesday with a two-and-a-half-hour fight against Luisa Chirico, and was followed by another hard-fought battle against Osorio.
The 19-year-old dominated the baseline and crossed the finishing line to win the match 7-6, 7-6. Radukanu required a medical time-out to treat a blister on his racquet arm – an issue that proved costly at the Australian Open earlier in the year. Nevertheless, he overcame the issue and cemented his place in the quarter-finals of the Citi Open. “I think I almost died three times in that match and I came back – honestly, I don’t know how,” Radukanu said in his post-match remarks on the court. “Camilla is such a batsman. I was working so hard for every single point. “When she comes back, the dynamic of the match changes a little bit, so I’m really happy getting through that one.”
Radukanu said of his hand issues: “At the beginning of the match I was fine, but then during the whole match my skin was cracking – it was very raw and supple.” Radukanu will take on Lyudmila Samsonova of Russia for a place in the last four. The British number one said: “She’s a big ball striker and has the ability to take the game out of your hands, so for me it’s about recovering as much as you can for tomorrow.” feeling, and it’s a matter of who’s going to be tough.”
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