Daria Saville of Australia defeated reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu of Romania in a tense first-round match at the WTA tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Raducanu was forced to leave the game during the third set.
Saville, who is ranked 610 in the world as she continues her comeback from injury, played the longest match of the WTA season so far this year.
Saville wore down Raducanu to the point that the number one seed was forced to quit at 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 4-3 after a three-hour and 36-minute battle.

This was the longest match of the WTA season thus far.

“This is probably the first match I’ve felt like myself in a long time,” Saville said.

“Dasha, I was being a brawny young lady. All I want to do now is keep working and coming here.”

Saville, who peaked at number 20 in 2017, is working her way back up the rankings following Achilles tendon surgery.

The 27-year-old is now ranked 610 in the world after winning her first main-draw event since the Australian Open in 2021.

Raducanu was playing her first match since a hand blister forced her to retire in the second round of the Australian Open after a three-set loss to Danka Kovinic.

After battling back from an early break, the Briton grabbed the first set after 80 minutes, before Saville responded in kind in the second set.

Raducanu served for the match at 5-3, but Saville’s typical tenacity forced a tiebreak, which he won in an 80-minute set.

Both players avoided bodily pain in the deciding set after a struggle that lasted more than two hours and forty minutes.

Saville battled through leg cramps to hold serve and get on the board after falling behind 2-0.

Before Raducanu took an off-court medical timeout, she turned that momentum into a 3-2 lead.

Raducanu valiantly returned to the court with her upper left leg wrapped and bravely played two more games before retiring with a 4-3 deficit.

Caroline Dolehide, an American qualifier, will face Saville in the second round.


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