Emma Raducanu hits out at ‘insane’ officiating after grass-court victory

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu had a positive start to her grass-court season by defeating Ena Shibahara 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the Rothesay Open. However, she also made a criticism towards the Brazilian umpire Ana Carvalho. After winning in straight-sets against the Japanese qualifier in Nottingham, Raducanu expressed her dissatisfaction with the quality of officiating.

The tournament doesn't have a Hawk-Eye system, and Raducanu wasn't happy when she received several close calls that weren't in her favor. She mentioned feeling like she was playing against two people instead of one, and deemed it crazy. If the tournament had allowed challenges, she would have used up to four for those questionable calls.

I reckon that sometimes they can swing either way. On this particular occasion, I sensed that they were all on the opposing team, but it's reassuring to know that I succeeded in defeating my opponent and the umpire too. It's not easy when there's no challenging opposition, but it's a hurdle that everyone must overcome. Perhaps it was an attempt to make the game more thrilling and nail-biting.

"This was a challenge I had to face and conquer. I am extremely satisfied with the mindset I developed right from the start, and also with the manner in which I managed to deal with the difficulties that arose."

Raducanu got really angry when the umpire changed the line judge's decision that Shibahara's backhand volley was out during the third game. This was the only game that Raducanu won in the first set, but she used to be a top 10 player and is now ranked 279 due to injury issues.

By the time Raducanu reached that point, she had already questioned the previous two calls. She then approached the chair and expressed her disagreement with the official's decision. Despite explaining that Shibahara had reacted as if the ball was out, Raducanu's reasoning did not sway the official's decision.

The young woman, who is 21 years old, wasn't pleased with a line call that she believed was "really bad", which occurred in the ninth game of the second set that she won 6-4. Despite feeling annoyed, she decided not to fully support her British teammate Harriet Dart's suggestion for having electronic line technology at every tournament.

Raducanu expressed her opinion on Hawk-Eye for this year's matches. She believed that Hawk-Eye has not been accurate enough, but she couldn't explain why. In her perspective, keeping all the linesmen on the court adds some excitement to the crowd. Nonetheless, for the players, it can be a highly irritating circumstance.

However, Raducanu had a strong performance in her first match on grass in almost two years, in front of a cheerfully supportive audience on her home turf.

During her 70-minute playtime, she appeared to be comfortable and relaxed, achieving her first win at the Nottingham tournament on her third attempt.

Raducanu encountered a slight difficulty in finishing the match, stumbling momentarily. Nonetheless, when Shibahara hit a forehand that resulted in the end of the match, Raducanu responded with a tight grip of her fist and a wide, joyful smile.

The wildcard player is now scheduled to play against Ukraine's Daria Snigur, who is ranked at 127 in the world. This match is set to take place in the second round on Thursday. Snigur managed to defeat the second highest seed, Marta Kostyuk, with a 6-3, 6-3 score.

Ons Jabeur from Tunisia, who is ranked as the top seed, began her match with a straightforward victory in two sets against Camila Osorio from Colombia, who is positioned as the 81st best player in the world.

Cam Norrie, who is currently the top-ranked male tennis player in Britain, managed to secure his victory over Japan's Sho Shimabukuro in the opening round of the men's Challenger event in Nottingham. After the match, Norrie emphasized the importance of such challenges as they provide an excellent opportunity to prepare for Wimbledon. During the game, Norrie encountered some difficulties in the third set but eventually managed to overcome them. As he stated, the first match on the grass court is always a challenge.

Dan Evans, the player seeded second, was trying to win his third match in the tournament. He managed to beat Dominic Stricker from Switzerland in a close match, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

This Wednesday, Evans is going up against 18-year-old Henry Searle, who won the boys' championship at Wimbledon. Searle managed to qualify for the first round and had a great win over Denis Kudla, a former runner-up in the tournament.

Giron Ends Murray's Stuttgart Stint

Andy Murray began his preparations for what many believe will be his final Wimbledon tournament, but unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. The two-time Wimbledon champion traveled to Germany to participate in the Stuttgart Open and gain some practice before his home Grand Slam next month. However, he was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Marcos Giron in the first round.

Murray was disappointed because things did not turn out as he had expected. As a result, the 37-year-old athlete might retire soon after he hinted at it in the summer. He plans to compete in Queen's in London, which was a place where he had performed exceptionally well in the past. Murray is optimistic about having a better performance there than in Germany.

During Murray's 999th singles match, he struggled against the 54th ranked player in the world. He managed to prevent his opponent from breaking his serve early on, but eventually lost the fifth game. Murray never regained his momentum and was ultimately defeated after his opponent broke his serve for the second time in the third game of the second set.

In the upcoming second round, the second-ranked British player, Jack Draper, will compete against Giron. This information was provided by PA Media.

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