Emma Raducanu bowed out in the primary spherical on the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart as Jelena Ostapenko breezed previous her in lower than an hour.
The British No 1, who has been battling a wrist damage, was comprehensively outplayed by the 2017 French Open winner as she romped to a 6-2, 6-1 victory in 59 minutes on the clay to arrange a second-round showdown with the third seed, Ons Jabeur.
Both gamers held serve comfortably on the first time of asking however as Ostapenko began to seek out rhythm her energy and depth off the forehand arrange a break level in the third recreation, which she transformed with a nice backhand return.
The Latvian established a 4-1 lead with a second successive break courtesy of one other forehand winner as Raducanu struggled to take care of the burden of her opponent’s hitting, and she or he was caught out by her contact too as a deft drop shot helped to safe the subsequent recreation. Having stopped the rot to make it 5-2, the 2021 US Open winner was swatted apart as Ostapenko served out for the set, profitable it 6-2 in 29 minutes.
Raducanu’s response was to win the primary six factors of the second set, holding service impressively to like earlier than establishing a 30-0 lead in the second recreation, however the door was slammed firmly shut because the world No 22 rattled off 16 successive factors to go 4-1 up.
The Briton common her first break level of the match in the subsequent recreation, however was unable to take it and located herself serving to remain in it, in the end in useless as Ostapenko crashed a forehand service return previous her to arrange a match level she took with the minimal of fuss.
Kyle Edmund bowed out of the BMW Open in Munich because the eighth seed, Marc-Andrea Huesler, edged previous him into the final 16.
The 28-year-old former British No 1, persevering with his comeback from an injury-hit two years, pressured a tie-break in the primary set and gained the second earlier than lastly succumbing 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.
In the method, Huesler lined up a conflict with Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who had gained the primary set of his match 6-3 when Constant Lestienne was pressured to retire.
Edmund, now ranked 509th in the world, will probably be in the sector on the French Open subsequent month after utilizing a protected rating. The entry checklist for the match was launched on Tuesday, with Edmund and fellow Britons Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Jack Draper and Andy Murray becoming a member of the 14-time champion Rafael Nadal and world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the lads’s singles draw at Roland Garros.