French Open: Emma Raducanu wins thriller in Roland Garros first spherical

Emma Raducanu


Emma Raducanu is the only British woman to reach the second round at Roland Garros this year
Dates: 22 May-5 June Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
Coverage: Live text and radio commentaries of selected matches across BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app

Emma Raducanu showed fight and spirit to come back from a set down and win her senior debut at the French Open against Czech teenager Linda Noskova.

British number one Raducanu, 19, twice trailed by a set and a break, but dug deep to eventually win 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-1 on the Roland Garros clay.

“It was an absolute battle. I’m proud of the way I fought,” Raducanu said.

The US Open champion will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the second round.

Raducanu, seeded 12th, sealed a memorable victory on her first match point with a forehand winner that wrongfooted 17-year-old Noskova.

It left the Briton jumping for joy in celebration after coming through a scrap that ranks as one of her finest victories since winning the…