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USA Today via Reuters

Emma Raducanu is back! She looks in superb touch at the moment. The 21-year-old British tennis star snatched an emphatic victory against the three-times Grand Slam champion, Angelique Kerber in the first round of the Stuttgart Open. She defeated the former world no.1 by 6-2,6-1 in just 1 hour 26 minutes in front of her home crowd. This was Raducanu’s third win in a week. Can she extend her run further with a win against Czech tennis star Linda Noskova in her next match?

The 19-year-old Czech tennis player made the headlines earlier this year by defeating Iga Swiatek in the third round of the 2024 AO. Her QF run at the AO is proof of her potential at the bigger stages of the game. Although Raducanu is already a proven campaigner, injuries and lack of form have been a major concern for the Brit over the past few years. Can she break the jinx in Stuttgart?

Emma Raducanu vs Linda Noskova: Preview

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Emma Raducanu has been playing some of the best tennis of her career in the last few weeks. She won both of her singles ties at the BJK Cup qualifiers and gave Great Britain a lead over France to book their spot for the BJK Cup Finals, which will be held later this year. In her match against Kerber, Raducanu fired in 4 aces and didn’t commit a single double fault against the German. Her first serve win percentage was 65% while her second serve win percentage was 42% against Kerber. Raducanu broke Kerber 7 times after converting 50% of her break points (7/14). She won 5 of her service games.

In 2024, Emma Raducanu managed to hit 24 aces and committed 37 double faults in total. She has won 66.3% of her service games and 35% of her return games this season so far. Her first-serve win percentage is currently at 63.2%. Emma Raducanu will now look forward to keeping this momentum going in her next match as well.

Linda Noskova on the other hand, started her season with a bang. She reached the SF of the Brisbane International and it was followed by her stellar performance at the Australian Open. But after that, her performance graph went down a little bit. But if we look at her performance in her previous match against the 2017 French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, then surely her fans will be quite hopeful of a miracle in her next match against the former no.10.

The 19-year-old tennis star from the Czech Republic, defeated Jelena Ostapenko by 6-3,6-1. Noskova aced 8 aces in that match and committed an equal number of double faults against the Latvian. Her first serve win percentage was 74% and it was dropped to 50% on her second serve. She went 5/5 on break points and won 7 of her service games against the former world number 5.

Looking at her records in the 2024 season, Linda Noskova has been quite good with her serves. She fired 88 aces so far this season, but committed 73 double faults. Noskova won 76.7% of her service games and just 25.1% of her return games so far this season. Her first-serve win percentage is currently 69.6%. Both the tennis stars have quite impressive statistics this season, but who is ahead in the H2H?

Raducanu vs Noskova: Head-to-Head

They have met each other only once in their career. However, their only meeting has been on the clay surfaces of Court Simonne-Mathieu at the 2022 French Open. In that match, it took Emma Raducanu three sets to defeat the Czech tennis star by 6-7,7-5,6-1. How many sets will it go this time around in Stuttgart?

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In that match, the most surprising thing was Linda Noskova failed to hit even a single ace throughout the match. But she committed 6 double faults in that game. While Raducanu hit 2 aces, and committed 2 double faults. Emma Raducanu’s win percentage on the first serve was 64% and on the second serve, it was around 50%. While Noskova won 62% of her first serve and 47% of her second serve in that match. So, clearly, the Brit has an edge when it comes to facing the Czech on the clay courts. Will it get reflected in the prediction as well?

Prediction: Raducanu is going to win this match against the teenager from the Czech Republic

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The former British number has a win-loss record of 5-5 this season, while Linda Noskova has a win-loss record of 14-6. But still defeating a 2-time champion of the Stuttgart Open in her previous match and that too by two sets is never an easy task. Her performance over the last few days has caught the eyes of many in the tennis world. Emma Raducanu reached the QF of the Stuttgart Open in 2022. On the other hand, Linda Noskova will be competing in this tournament for the first time in her career.

Both players are very young in their careers and there’s plenty of potential in both tennis stars. But the one who can hold the nerve on the bigger games will get the edge in this match. So, the Grand Slam champion over a promising talent.