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Raducanu, Dart lose in Madrid Open first round

British pair Emma Raducanu and Harriet Dart lost in straight sets in the first round of the Madrid Open. Raducanu, 21, was beaten 6-2 6-2…

British pair Emma Raducanu and Harriet Dart lost in straight sets in the first round of the Madrid Open.

Raducanu, 21, was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Argentine qualifier Maria Lourdes Carle.

Dart, who won two qualifying matches to reach the main draw, held a 4-0 lead in her second set against Spain’s Cristina Bucsa but lost 6-4 6-4.

Raducanu was set to play Karolina Pliskova in her opening match but the former world number one pulled out of the tournament because of a wrist injury.

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The Briton, ranked number 221 in the world, reached her first WTA quarter-final in 19 months at the Stuttgart Open last week as she continues her comeback from an injury-hit 2023 season.

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