Emma Raducanu vs Danka Kovinic live: Score and latest updates from the Australian Open 2022

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Welcome to the latest chapter in Emma Raducanu’s emerging grand slam career.

The 19-year-old said she took took inspiration from Andy Murray’s fighting spirit to break new ground at the Australian Open and record her first main draw victory in Melbourne.

Her 6-0 2-6 6-1 win over fellow US Open champion Sloane Stephens made it 11 wins from 12 main draw matches at grand slam level but amazingly it was the first time Raducanu had played a deciding set at a grand slam having won three matches at Wimbledon and seven in New York – as well as three in qualifying – all in straight sets.

Raducanu said: “When I was in the third set I actually thought, ‘Andy was up a set then he got pushed to five but he fought back so hard and took the decider’, so, when I went to three, I was also thinking, ‘Actually, I can fight back and win, fight like he did’. I was definitely inspired by him.”

Raducanu’s reward for victory is a second-round clash with Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic this morning,  This will be the first time at a grand-slam event that Raducanu walks out as a heavy favourite.

Kovinic has at least made it through the first round this year, after failing to win a single game against Ashleigh Barty at the equivalent stage of the 2021 Australian Open. But she did drop a set against Jang Su-jeong, the world No210, and has a limited range of attacking options.

On paper, this looks a straightforward assignment, but tennis psychology is complex, and the hike in expectation could be disruptive. A good time, then, to have a skilled communicator like new coach Torben Beltz on hand.

“He brings some great positive energy,” said Raducanu of the 45-year-old German. “So to have that in your corner is definitely an uplifting thing.”

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