'On fire': Tennis world stunned by incredible Emma Raducanu feat

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Seen here, Emma Raducanu reacts to her emphatic win over Marta Kostyuk at the Madrid Open.
Emma Raducanu dropped just three games in an emphatic win over Marta Kostyuk at the Madrid Open. Pic: Getty

Emma Raducanu has left tennis fans in awe with an incredible statement victory at the Madrid Open.

Days after making the shock announcement that she had split from another coach, the 19-year-old showed glimpses of the form that saw her clinch a remarkable US Open title in 2021.

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Raducanu cruised to a routine straight-sets win over Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk, dropping just three games in a thoroughly impressive 6-2 6-1 win.

Victory for the British teen sets up a last-16 encounter with another Ukrainian in Anhelina Kalinina.

The 19-year-old, who has been quoted as saying she believes clay could prove to be her best surface in the future, was delighted with her victory, and looked to be holding back tears of joy after raising her hands in triumph.

"I'm definitely happy with my performance," Raducanu said on court.

"Marta's a great opponent - I knew it was going to be a really tough battle. I went out there trying to be really aggressive and it paid off.

"It's my first clay court season and I'm really enjoying it. Madrid is such a cool city and it's got such a great vibe about it. I definitely want to try and stay here for as long as possible."

Naomi Osaka crashes out in shock defeat

On a day of shocks in Madrid, Naomi Osaka joined several other big names in falling to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in a shock second-round exit.

Four-time grand slam winner Osaka crashed to a resounding 6-3 6-1 loss to Sorribes Tormo, exiting her first tournament on clay since the 2021 French Open, where she withdrew citing mental health issues.

Osaka, who had posted an underwhelming 20-15 record on the surface prior to this week, looked uncomfortable throughout and appeared to struggle with a leg injury during a disappointing second set display.

Naomi Osaka crashed out of the Madrid Open at the hands of Sara Sorribes Tormo. Image: Getty
Naomi Osaka crashed out of the Madrid Open at the hands of Sara Sorribes Tormo. Image: Getty

The 24-year-old was not the only high profile player to be on the receiving end of a shock during a day of drama in the Spanish capital, as several of the competition's seeds failed to secure places in the last 16.

Another home favourite, Garbine Muguruza, fell to a resounding loss of her own as Anhelina Kalinina raced to a 6-3 6-0 victory over the seventh seed, while sixth seed Danielle Collins was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by Canadian Bianca Andreescu.

Fourth seed Maria Sakkari was the highest-ranked player in action, and although the World No.5 won the first set of her clash with Daria Kasatkina, the Greek eventually fell to a 3-6 6-3 6-1 loss, while 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez went down 6-4 6-4 to Jil Teichmann.

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