Emma Raducanu breezed into the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart with victory in straight sets over Storm Sanders.
Raducanu saw off the Australian qualifier 6-1, 6-2 as she marked her WTA Tour clay-court debut in style.
The 19-year-old Briton, seeded eighth in Stuttgart, showed no discomfort after enduring a blister on her foot when playing for Great Britain at the Billie Jean King Cup in Prague last weekend.
Raducanu took a short while to find her rhythm as she was taken to deuce on her first two service games. Sanders also won her first service game to love, but it was one-way traffic from then on as Raducanu’s power from the baseline told.
The world No 12, 185 places above Sanders, dominated some excellent rallies and wrapped up the first set in 30 minutes. It was a similar story in the second set after Raducanu’s speed across the court allowed her to reach a Sanders drop-shot and break serve on her third attempt.
Sanders stopped Raducanu winning an eighth game in a row by reaching for more power on her serve. But Raducanu was in no mood to let her opponent off the hook. She broke again for a 4-1 lead and her own strong serve ensured that recent difficulties when closing out matches would not be an issue this time.
Raducanu said: “It’s been a good start for me to the clay season, today being my first WTA match on clay. I’m really excited to spend more time on this surface and really happy with my performance today.
Raducanu will play Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch in the last 16.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray has reversed his decision to skip the entire clay‑court season after being confirmed as a wildcard entry for the Madrid Open. The 34-year-old Briton had initially considered sitting out all matches on the surface as he plots his course through the rest of 2022.
However, he has changed his plans and will be in action in the Spanish capital next week, with the tournament starting on Tuesday. He could also enter the Italian Open, which begins on 2 May, but remains unlikely to feature at the French Open.