WASHINGTON — Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu reached her second quarterfinal of the season on Thursday, beating Camila Osorio 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) at the Citi Open for nearly three hours on a hot and humid afternoon.
With the temperature in the 90s Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), runner-up Raducanu took a medical timeout late in the second set to be treated by a trainer for blisters on her racket-wielding right hand.
Osorio was previously visited by a trainer.
Raducanu’s only other quarter-final appearance in a dozen tournaments in 2022 came back in April on red clay in Stuttgart, Germany, where she lost to No. 1 Iga Swiatek at that stage. This time, Raducanu will face 60th-ranked Liudmila Samsonova for a berth in the semifinals during the hardcourt tuning for the US Open, which starts on August 29.
Samsonova came back on Thursday to pass Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Raducanu, the British player who won the title in Flushing Meadows as a qualifier a year ago at the age of 18, continued to give away leads against Osorio, a 20-year-old from Colombia.
Raducanu led 3-0 at the start of the match and then had to go through a tiebreak to win the opening set. She served for the game at 5-4 in the second, but was broken there thanks to three double errors and a forehand in the net.
Still, Raducanu was again better in the tiebreak, closing the win when Osorio sent a service return wide. Raducanu, who has lost in the second round of each of this year’s major tournaments, dropped her racket and covered her eyes with both hands.
After the players met for a hug at the net, Raducanu looked too exhausted for a full wave to the crowd on what Yoshihito Nishioka called a “crazy hot day” after beating seventh seed Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2) , 7-6 (1).
Nishioka now faces Dan Evans in the quarterfinals. Evans advanced when third-seeded Taylor Fritz – the highest ranking American man on the list – stopped playing in the third set because he was not feeling well.
In other results, lucky loser Wang Xiyu knocked out Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the women’s and Mikael Ymer defeated Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the Men. .
Raducanu to Washington quarterfinals; Fritz Quits in Heat originally appeared on NBCSports.com