There was an upset today on Margaret Court Arena, as Danka Kovinic took out the US Open champion.

Emma Raducanu was struggling with hand blisters for the first set, which Kovinic took 6-4.

The second set saw the British No. 1 fight back, employing the slice forehand to accommodate her pain, she won in the end 6-4.

The final set saw a break back and forth as Raducanu’s form seemed to come and go, she played some incredible points, but failed terrifically on others. In the end Kovinic took a break and a hold. The Montenegrin won 6-3.

The final score was 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, the match lasted just over two and a half hours.

This is the first time Kovinic has been beyond the second round in a grand slam. And it’s the first time Raducanu has been knocked out before round four in a slam.

Kovinic spoke in the on court interview.

“It was really a nice experience to play against Emma here and make my first third round of a grand slam after many years.

“To be honest I didn’t even see the second round, I mean I wanted first of all to go through my first round which was really tough. And then I mean it was just regular preparation as for every match.

“She has an amazing result winning a grand slam in such young age, such a talent, and it was just a really nice experience. And I’m glad I showed that I can play on high level, so hopefully I can continue.

“To be honest I was a little but low with my energy through the third set, so I really wanted to try to be focused on myself and not to show many emotions even when I’m winning or when I’m losing, ‘cause I just wanted to save my energy for the final set and hopefully I make it through.”

Kovinic goes on to face either Halep or Haddad Maia, likely the former.


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