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Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu both taste defeat in the Citi Open first round

Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu both taste first-round defeat of the Citi Open – with the US Open champion losing in her first-ever doubles match in Washington

  • Andy Murray lost to Mikeal Ymer in three sets – 7-6 4-6 6-1 at the Citi Open
  • Emma Raducanu also lost the first ever doubles match in her career
  • She teamed up with Clara Tauson, but they were defeated in straight sets

Andy Murray fought hard but lost to Mikeal Ymer 7-6 4-6 6-1 in his opening match at the Washington Citi Open, while compatriot Emma Raducanu lost her professional doubles debut.

Murray was the first to score points after an opening rally of 19 balls, but it was the 23-year-old Swede who broke the Scot’s serve and claimed the first game.

It was the start of a toe-to-toe encounter with Murray failing to convert four set points as the world No. 115 triumphed in a grueling 80-minute first set.

Andy Murray fought hard but lost to Mikeal Ymer 7-6 4-6 6-1 at the Washington Citi Open

Andy Murray fought hard but lost to Mikeal Ymer 7-6 4-6 6-1 at the Washington Citi Open

Elsewhere, Raducanu’s double debut ended in straight sets when Briton and fellow teenager Clara Tauson fell 6-4 6-1 to Romanian Monica Niculescu and Czech Lucie Hradecka in the opening round.

The defending US Open champion and her Danish counterpart, also 19, failed to accumulate points as they quickly lost the first game to their more experienced challengers.

Only ten minutes had passed before Niculescu and Hradecka made it three in a row before quickly winning a fourth. Raducanu and Tauson were finally able to grab the break to win game five, and seemed to settle into a more comfortable partnership as they claimed two at the trot.

US Open winner Emma Raducanu's double debut ended in a straight sets defeat

US Open winner Emma Raducanu’s double debut ended in a straight sets defeat

But they were easily beaten by their opponents who claimed the first set on their third chance when Niculescu’s forehand shot past the outstretched racket of an unlucky Raducanu.

A better start to the second set saw Raducanu and Tauson level things by one game apiece before the superiority of their more experienced opponents soon became apparent. to end Raducanu’s first foray into the format.

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