13-year-old Emma Raducanu failed to hold on to a healthy 6-0 first set lead at the Tennis Europe Grade 1 O1 Properties Christmas Cup in Moscow this morning as the British eleventh seed was caught by Daria Snigur, the top seeded Ukrainian, before an epic final couple of games decided the match in the Ukrainian’s favour, 0-6 6-3 6-4.
Everything looked to be going to plan for Raducanu, who blazed into a one set lead after bagelling her opponent, but at 3-3 in the second set, the tide began to turn: Snigur consolidated a break with a rare hold of serve and Raducanu was broken as the match was levelled at 6-0 3-6.
The final set was a rollercoaster: both players had the lead and Raducanu looked to have the advantage as she served at 3-2, but as is so common in the junior game, serving was not necessarily an advantage and the Ukrainian broke back, winning three games in a row to serve for the match at 5-3. Raducanu rallied, saving two match points while breaking serve, but again the young Brit’s serve failed her at the crucial time and she was broken to 15 in the final game.
The positives: all four Brits picked up wins in Russia this week and will move on into 2016 in a positive spirit. We at Britennis look forward to seeing where the girls will be heading next.