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Tennis: Emma Raducanu fighting hard against injury jinx

Emma Raducanu has battled against injury for much of the last 18 months since winning the US Open title, but she refuses to give up and impressed hugely in reaching the second round at Indian Wells.

The British number one almost pulled out of the tournament prior to her opening match and revealed after a straight-sets win that she had left it until the very last moment before deciding to take to the court.

She told BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra: "I'm just so happy with the way I fought and dealt with the circumstances. I just woke up feeling not great to be honest.

"Before the match I did not warm up. Two minutes before I was called I was sleeping in the treatment room, so I'm just proud to have got out there and then won."

History on Raducanu's side

WhatMagda Linette v Emma Raducanu
WhereBNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells
WhenSaturday 11th March
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Amazon Prime
OddsMagda Linette 1/1, Emma Raducanu 4/5

The 2021 US Open champion lost just five games en route to the second round, with a 6-3 6-2 success over Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.

Raducanu will now face Poland’s Magda Linette in round two and will go into the clash as favourite, despite her opponent being 56 places above her in the world rankings.

The duo have met on one previous occasion and it was the Briton who came out on top, comfortably - winning 6-2 6-2 in Seoul in 2022.

Raducanu’s opponent received a bye in the first round, so Linette - who has two WTA titles to her name - will go into Saturday’s clash fresh.

Murray continues recent good form

WhatAndy Murray v Pablo Carreno Busta
WhereBNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells
WhenSunday 12th March
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Amazon Prime
OddsAndy Murray 8/11, Pablo Carreno Busta 11/10

Andy Murray continues to roll back the years and will be looking for a long run in this event, where he made the final back in 2009.

The Scot beat Tomas Etcheverry despite losing the first set on a tie-break, and had 20 break points during the three-hour-and-12-minute clash.

Murray has been disappointed with how he has performed in this tournament in the past, admitting: "This is a place where I haven't always played my best tennis so I was really happy that I managed to turn that around."

The two-time Wimbledon champion - who is to win 33/1 to win at SW19 this year - will face a sterner test in round two, when he faces world number 17 Pablo Carreno Busta.

Murray has never played the 15th-seeded Spaniard in an ATP Tour event before.

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British duo meet in Indian Wells

WhatDan Evans v Jack Draper
WhereBNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells 
WhenSaturday, 11th March
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Amazon Prime
OddsDan Evans 7/4, Jack Draper 4/9

Jack Draper cruised to victory in his first-round clash at Indian Wells to set up an all-British clash with Dan Evans in round two.

Draper, who hadn’t played a Tour match since mid-January, hammered Leandro Riedi 6-1 6-1 to make it through to round two.

The left-hander will now face the more experienced Evans, who had a bye to the second round, for the first time in a competitive match.

Draper is into the top 60 in the world and is making his debut in an ATP Masters series event.

The 21-year-old admits that Evans has been a big help to him, adding that his opponent has been "supportive in my practice sessions and given me the confidence I've needed to get to this level quicker".

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