Emma Raducanu starts Australian Open with win over Shelby Rogers

Emma Raducanu produced an impressive 6-3 6-2 victory (Picture: Reuters)

British tennis star Emma Raducanu breezed past American Shelby Rogers to book her spot in the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Raducanu, playing her first Grand Slam match since last year’s tournament at Melbourne Park, looked confident as she beat her opponent in straight sets.

The 21-year-old saw her 2023 season decimated by injuries and the Australian Open is just her second tournament back after three different surgeries.

Raducanu, who sensationally won the US Open as a qualifier in 2021, will next face Chinese world No.94 Wang Yafan as she bids to reach the third round.

A 6-3 6-2 victory over world No.161 Shelby will give Raducanu huge confidence with the young star winning 91 per cent of points behind her first serve and not facing a single break point.

Raducanu, currently down at world No.296, narrowly avoided qualifying for the Australian Open, squeezing into the main draw thanks to her protected ranking.

She was ranked as high as world No.10 in 2022 and former British star Naomi Broady felt Raducanu was playing at a ‘top 10 level’ in Auckland this month.

Emma Raducanu of Britain celebrates after defeating Shelby Rogers of the U.S. in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Louise Delmotte)

Emma Raducanu will next face Chinese world No.94 Wang Yafan (Picture: AP)

Raducanu joined British compatriots Katie Boulter, Jack Draper and Cameron Norrie in winning first-round matches on Tuesday.

British No.1 Boulter, bidding to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, is projected to face Raducanu in the third round.

Boulter beat Chinese star Yue Yuan in her opening match while in the men’s singles, British No.1 Norrie eliminated Juan Pablo Varillas and Draper defeated American Marcos Giron in a five-set thriller.


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