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Raducanu: Learning to Let Go

Emma Raducanu is finishing what she starts in Cincinnati.

US Open champion Raducanu reeled off 17 consecutive games in her Western & Southern Open wins over Grand Slam champions Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

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The 10th-seeded Briton roared through 10 straight games in her 6-0, 6-2 second-round triumph over Azarenka today.

The 2022 season has been an educational experience for Raducanu, who is working with coach Dmitry Tursunov on a trial basis.

One of the biggest lessons she's learned: Swing freely and let her shots go.

"I think I have tried a lot of things, and this year I think some matches, I have lost a lot of matches like from leading situations and probably just played too tense," Raducanu told the media in Cincinnati. "I think that I just need to swing, and I just said that these two tournaments or this tournament especially I'm just going to swing freely and take that and see what happens."

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The 19-year-old Raducanu will face American No. 1 Jessica Pegula for a spot in the Cincinnati quarterfinals.

"She had a great week last week in Toronto," Raducanu said of Pegula. "She's in the top 10. She's playing good tennis, for sure.

"It's going to be another difficult match for me, and playing here I think that, you know, the crowd are going to be supporting her, but, you know, I experienced that last night with Serena. I don't think, you know, with Serena it's going to get much more, so I'm prepared for that. I know it's coming. Yeah, I just, again, go play the ball."

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