French Open news: Emma Raducanu comes out on top in gruelling three-set clash with Linda Noskova

British No.1 Emma Raducanu was forced to battle back from a set down in her French Open clash against Czech qualifier Linda Noskova.

After enduring a frustrating start to 2022, Emma Raducanu started her French Open campaign well, with the 19-year-old showing plenty of grit en-route to a 6-7 (4) 7-5 6-1 victory.

For once, Raducanu was actually the most senior player on show during Monday's clash, with 17-year-old Linda Noskova as her opponent.

The Czech star enjoyed a superb qualifying for the tournament, and showed her good form by taking the first set in dramatic fashion.

Raducanu actually started brightly in the match and broke serve twice, but Noskova came firing back and switched the momentum to draw level and force a tie-break.

There, Noskova showed no signs of nerves, and took the first set after winning the tie-break 7-4.

Raducanu rallied in the second set, but continued to struggle when it came to breaking down her energetic opponent.

However, after finally being able to break serve, Raducanu didn't look back, and claimed the second set to set up a climactic decider.

Finally, Raducanu was able to stamp her authority on the clash, with Noskova showing signs of fatigue. Raducanu, who entered the tournament as 12th seed, finally was able to unlock her opponent, and she ended up cruising to victory to progress to the second round.

After securing the win, Raducanu paid a lot of respect to Noskova for pushing her all the way, suggesting the Czech star was "all over" her at times.

"She really came out there firing and as soon as I dropped my ball speed she was all over me.

"It was really challenging in the second set - I'm really proud of how I fought but all props to Linda."

Next up for the Brit is a second round clash against Russia's Aliaksandra Sasnovich, with the pair scheduled in for Wednesday, May 25.

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