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Emma Raducanu: Briton to face world No 1 Iga Swiatek in Stuttgart quarter-finals | Tennis News

Emma Raducanu set up a blockbuster meeting with world No 1 Iga Swiatek at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after defeating Czech teenager Linda Noskova on Thursday.

Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, continued her stunning run of form after inspiring Great Britain to qualify for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals with a 3-1 win over France last weekend.

After dismantling former No 1 Angelique Kerber for three games on Wednesday, the Brit crushed 19-year-old Noskova 6-0 7-5 to reach the last eight where Pole Swiatek awaits in her biggest match since her comeback from double wrist and ankle surgery.

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Raducanu says she isn’t surprised by how well she’s playing, but says it isn’t her best and is looking forward to facing Iga Swiatek

On her performance, Raducanu said during her on-court interview with Andrea Petkovic: “I am not too surprised as I have been working really hard and I knew it was only a matter of time.

“I don’t think this was my best, I still have a long way to go. I have been doing the right things every single day and things happen.

“After going through everything I went through after [winning the] US Open [in 2021], having eight months out after surgery, it gives you a different appreciation.

“There is nothing like playing in front of fans, playing good tennis, and building match by match.”

‘I have nothing to lose against Swiatek’

“We played two years ago here in the quarter-finals so it is exactly the same. I have come a long way since, matured a lot, and she has achieved so much,” Raducanu continued.

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“It is a match where I have nothing to lose. I can just swing and enjoy it. I am looking forward to it.”

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Emma Raducanu vs Linda Noskova: Match Stats
Swiatek (Poland) - Mertens (Belgium). Iga Swiatek reacts after her victory. Photo by: Marijan Murat/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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Iga Swiatek made a winning start to her Stuttgart title defence

Swiatek made a winning start to her Stuttgart title defence with a 6-3 6-4 win against Elise Mertens.

The 2022 and 2023 champion was making her first appearance on clay this season after a first-round bye – and the world No 1 proved too strong for Mertens, winning in an hour and 33 minutes.

“I’m really happy with the way I played. Elise was really good on defence. I’m happy with the way I handled it,” said Swiatek.

“There’s always pressure when you’re favourite in every match. In Doha, it was hard to let the pressure go… in the past two years, it’s never easy. I’m not taking anything for granted. Keep my focus, it’s the only way.”

On playing Raducanu, the Pole added: “Looks like she’s getting her game back together.”

Fourth seed Elena Rybakina reached the last eight with a hard-fought three-set win over Veronika Kudermetova, triumphing 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-4, and will now face Jasmine Paolini after the latter dumped out seventh seed Ons Jabeur 7-6 (10-8) 6-4.

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Elsewhere, sixth seed Marketa Vondrousova defeated Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff, seeded second and third respectively, won their last 16-matches on Wednesday.

Sabalenka – who has lost in the final in Stuttgart in the last three seasons, first to Ashleigh Barty and then back-to-back to Swiatek – beat Paula Badosa and Gauff knocked out fellow American Sachia Vickery.

Eight of the top 10 ranked women are at the tournament, the main event in the first week of clay tournaments on the WTA Tour.

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