ack Draper and Emma Raducanu each confronted the unenviable job of dealing with the No1 seeds in Indian Wells with the intention to proceed their spectacular runs in Florida.
And each got here up quick, an stomach harm forcing Draper to retire in opposition to Carlos Alcaraz, and Raducanu coming unstuck in opposition to the dominant pressure of ladies’s tennis in Iga Swiatek.
With it, got here to an finish a promising week for the British pair, who had come into the event with harm issues and having not competed for the reason that Australian Open.
Draper admitted the stomach drawback which pressured his in-match withdrawal in opposition to Carlos Alcaraz when 6-2, 2-0 had flared up in his spectacular dismantling of Andy Murray within the previous spherical.
After the match was drawn to a detailed after simply 46 minutes, the Spaniard wrote on the tv digicam, “Get well soon Jack!”
The 19-year-old, who’s eyeing a return to the world No1 spot, stated: “I felt the ball really well. I’m really happy with that part. I would say I returned well, I hit great shots. I finished the match with confidence in my shots, to come into the next round with more confidence.”
It stays to be seen how critical the Draper harm is. Raducanu, in distinction, had arrived for pre-tournament apply in Indian Wells with strapping on her wrists.
The difficulty doesn’t seem to have bothered her in her three matches however she couldn’t match Swiatek, who’s bidding to defend her Indian Wells title, in a 6-3, 6-1 loss.
The scoreline within the first set was a tad harsh on the British No1, who did little unsuitable in sticking to the aggressive recreation plan that had suited her on this event. The one actual distinction was a passage within the set through which Swiatek received on a roll to win 12 or 13 factors.
It was an identical story in set two with the scores stage at 1-1 because the Pole sealed 18 out the following 20 factors and was by no means troubled en path to what proved an more and more comfy win.
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