Emma Raducanu and Jack Draper put a pair of Brits into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters on Saturday, with the winning pair posting straight-set victories.

Raducanu, clawing back some form after her long-term post-US Open slump, put two straight match wins together for the first time since September with her 7-6 (3), 6-2 defeat of Australian Open semi-finalist Magda Linette.

Draper, the hottest current British prospect, beat compatriot Dan Evans 6-4, 6-2.

The 56th-ranked winner sent over eight aces as he beat his countryman in two hours.

Raducanu rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the opening set, winning it in a tiebreaker. In the second set, it went easier for the former Grand Slam winner breaking once, holding off a pair of break points and closing out victory in just under two hours.

Emma Raducanu won back to back matches since September 2022 Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

The Londoner improved to 7-7 over her career at Masters 1000 matches.

“I feel more positive about my game today,” Raducanu said. “The first day I didn’t really know what was going on.

“Today I felt pretty decent out there, especially with the conditions. It was really windy.

“I did well to overcome it.”

Raducanu has suffered with a run of injuries and coaching changes over the past 18 months but feels her situation is stabilising.

She is competing for the first time since exiting the Australian Open in the second round.

“I was so pleased with the way I fought. Magda played a really high level. Some things that were working in the past (for me) weren’t working today but I adapted.”


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