Emma Raducanu lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 to Liudmila Samsonova in Washington; Raducanu struggled to deal with the Russian's power; Brit was the No 2 seed but had 24 unforced errors
Saturday 6 August 2022 08:09, UK
Second seed Emma Raducanu's Citi Open run has ended with a quarter-final defeat against Liudmila Samsonova in Washington.
Despite a tight opening set, Raducanu was ultimately overpowered 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 by the Russian world No 60.
Samsonova saved four set points en route to clinching the first set before cruising home in the second with nine aces and 33 winners for the match.
Raducanu proved to be her own worst enemy as she struggled to compete with Samsanova's strength, mustering just eight winners and a single ace to go along with 24 unforced errors.
In the ATP event, British men's No 2 Dan Evans fell in three sets to Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in their quarter-final clash.
After losing the opening set in a tiebreak, Evans rallied to claim the second in convincing fashion.
However he was unable to sustain that momentum in the third as the world No 96 pulled out a 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-5 victory.
Defending champion Cameron Norrie set up a clash with world No 1 Daniil Medvedev in the Abierto de Tenis Mifel final with victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The British No 1 battled to a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over the Canadian second seed in two hours and 19 minutes in the second semi-final in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Norrie's success, his first over Auger-Aliassime in five meetings, kept the third seed on course for a third ATP Tour title this year.
He will now face Medvedev, who saw off fourth seed Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6 6-1 to guarantee top spot in the world rankings until at least the end of the US Open next month.
Norrie told reporters: "You always want to defend the title but it is complicated. The start was difficult but I played very well after losing the second set.
"I try to play in my best level and it is incredible to return to the final. I love playing in Mexico."