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Guadalajara 2022: Emma Raducanu vs Daria Saville preview, head-to-head & prediction

Emma Raducanu (L) and Daria Saville
Emma Raducanu (L) and Daria Saville
Gauri Awasthi

Match details

Fixture: (1) Emma Raducanu vs Daria Saville

Date: February 22

Tournament: Abierto Akron Zapopan 2022

Round: First round (Round of 32)

Venue: Guadalajara, Mexico

Category: WTA 250

Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt

Prize money: $239,477

Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel

Emma Raducanu vs Daria Saville preview

Top seed Emma Raducanu will take on former top-20 player Daria Saville in the first round of Abierto Akron Zapopan 2022 in Guadalajara.

Raducanu is back in action this week after her second-round exit at the Australian Open last month. The Brit received widespread recognition after her historic triumph as a qualifier at the 2021 US Open, but has struggled to bag consistent results since then. She has managed just three wins across five tournaments since the New York Major and will be hoping to see a shift in fortunes in Guadalajara.

The 19-year-old's ranking, however, has continued to rise over the past few months. With barely any ranking points to defend until Wimbledon later this year, Raducanu has climbed to No. 12 in the WTA rankings.

Daria Saville at the 2022 Australian Open
Daria Saville at the 2022 Australian Open

Daria Saville returned to the tour after an injury-induced sabbatical last year. Her ranking saw a massive dip as a result, and she is currently ranked No. 627 in the world. The Aussie has therefore entered the WTA 250 event in Guadalajara under a 'protected ranking'.

Saville started the 2022 season on home soil in Adelaide, where she beat the likes of Caty McNally and Katie Boulter to make the main draw. She is, however, still on the hunt for her maiden tour-level win in 2022 and will be hoping to cause an upset in the first round in Guadalajara.

Emma Raducanu vs Daria Saville head-to-head

This will be the first meeting between Raducanu and Saville, so their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.

Emma Raducanu vs Daria Saville prediction

With both Raducanu and Saville struggling to find their form, this matchup could prove to be a long-drawn-out tussle. Raducanu will hope to push Saville further behind the baseline with her aggressive ball-striking and hence thwart her defense.

The 19-year-old in action at the 2022 Australian Open
The 19-year-old in action at the 2022 Australian Open

Both players' serves have been vulnerable in the past few months, with excessive double faults often disrupting their momentum. Raducanu, however, showcased remarkable potential in that department during the US Open, and will be looking to regain consistency on serve this week.

If the 19-year-old can stay assertive during rallies and cut down on her unforced errors, she should be able to sneak out a win.

Prediction: Raducanu to win in three sets.


Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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