• Emma Raducanu [WC] v. Zhang Shuai
  • H2H: First Meeting
BIRMINGHAM, UK – After the highs and lows of her Wimbledon run, Emma Raducanu is back in action with a wildcard into the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic

 

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Emma Raducanu [WC] v. Zhang Shuai

Emma Raducanu is back in action after having to retire in her fourth round match at Wimbledon, and she faces Zhang Shuai.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Emma Raducanu [WC] v. Zhang Shuai H2H: First Meeting
Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic San Jose, California, USA
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

H2H: Emma Raducanu (WR 184) Zhang Shuai (WR 57)
Tournament Previous Best Debut R1 (2014, 2018-2019)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 38.4 35.9
Return Points Won % 47.2 42.2
Break Point Conversion % 37.3 43.4
Break Points Saved % 57.1 51.3
Total Points Won % 52.8 48.3

 

Despite having only played on grass this year, Raducanu does edge Zhang over the year in what started out as a rough year for Zhang. She had won just one match until she got to the grass and has lost both her hard court matches this year.

 

Playing Styles & Prediction

It s no secret now that Raducanu throws a nod to her Chinese and Romanian heritage when she models her gamestyle on the craftiness of Li Na, and the gritty game of Simona Halep, and on her day she proved that she had the game to go head-to-head with the higher ranked.

Zhang moves around the court well, and has finesse at the net, as she looks to flatten out the ball, but perhaos lacks the weapoms in development from the young Brit.

Her experience ought to see her through, but for Raducanu now the hard graft after the the catapult up the rankings has to happen.

Prediction: Raducanu in three sets.

 

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