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Score and latest updates from Linz Open



… to the live blog, where we turn our attention to the Linz Open and Emma Raducanu in Austria. 

Raducanu is playing her final tournament of the year, and third since winning the US Open.

After her quarter-final loss at the Transylvania Open she said she was hoping to get a run of good matches to give her momentum to take into her first winter break on the tour, and Wang Xinyu offers a good opportunity to hit the ground running. 

Raducanu broke into the world’s top 20 earlier this week and enters this tournament as the top seed for the first time in her professional career. She enjoyed a bye through to the last 16 as a result and her opponent today, China’s Wang, is ranked 106th in the world, coming through qualifying to get to this point.

The British teenager is the favourite but remains without a coach in Austria, as she continues her search for a replacement for Andrew Richardson, who she parted ways with after the US Open. But the Telegraph revealed earlier today that she could well fill that coaching void very soon. Germany’s Torben Beltz, who coached Angelique Kerber to her three major titles, was spotted holding meetings with Raducanu and her team in recent weeks and looks poised to take the job after confirmation on Monday that he and Kerber had ended their working partnership. 

For now though Raducanu will continue coaching herself, and has travelled to the Linz Open with a small team including her mother Renee and agent Chris Helliar. This is just her fifth match since her triumph in New York in September, with her first two wins on the WTA tour and two losses under her belt, and she spoke on Sunday of her continued commitment to her sport despite her new-found fame. 

“I have been quite busy since the US Open,” Raducanu said. “I’ve been really enjoying everything [but] I made it very, very clear to every single person in my team that I was not going to cancel one training session or practice session for any off-court commitments. That was a non-negotiable for me.”

The match is set to begin shortly – stay with us for all the updates.





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