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Raducanu exits Indian Wells with late collapse against Martic

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US Open champion Emma Raducanu suffered another disappointment on Sunday, falling in the third round of the Indian Wells WTA & ATP Masters in a 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-5 loss to Petra Martin.

The 19-year-old Briton, who won an unlikely title as a qualifier at Flushing Meadows last year without dropping a set, served for the match at 5-4 in the third.

But the 13th seed was unable to muster a match point and lost the next three games, a series of forehand errors spelling the end of her challenge in a final service loss.

It’s just the latest setback for Raducanu, who was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open in January.

She was the top seed in Guadalajara last month when a hip injury forced her to withdraw from her first-round match.

In seven tournaments since his US Open triumph, his best performance was reaching the Transylvanian Open quarterfinals in October.

Martic, ranked 79th in the world, scored her first victory over a top 20 player in more than two years.

She will next face 28th seed Liudmila Samsonova, who beat Danka Kovinic 6-4, 6-7 (7/4).

Kovinic had upset seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the second round, but was unable to generate another upset in the face of strong play from Samsonova.

In other early matches, seventh-seeded men’s Andrey Rublev won his first second-round match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-4.

Rublev, on the rise after titles in Marseille and Dubai this year, now faces either Frances Tiafoe or Brandon Nakashima.

Rublev got off to a slow start, falling 4-2 before breaking world-ranked 51st Koepfer twice to pocket the first set.

Now on a 10-match winning streak, Rublev hit 32 game-winning shots and won 11 of 15 points at the net.

The second set was just as close. After breaking for a 4-3 lead, Rublev immediately gave up serve from him, but broke Koepfer to lead 5-4 and then survived three break points to close out with a service winner.

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