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Emma Raducanu eliminated from Abu Dhabi Open by Ons Jabeur

Emma Raducanu eliminated from Abu Dhabi Open by Ons Jabeur
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Emma Raducanu's run at the Abu Dhabi Open comes to a swift end in the second round as she is comprehensively beaten by Ons Jabeur.

Emma Raducanu's run at the Abu Dhabi Open came to a swift end in the second round as she was comprehensively beaten by Ons Jabeur.

After overcoming Marie Bouzkova 6-4 6-1 in her opening contest, the former British number one was given a taste of her own medicine with an identical defeat to the world number six in one hour and 17 minutes.

Clashing on the WTA Tour for the first time, Raducanu was quickly overwhelmed by Jabeur's aggressive ball-striking and was not helped by several mistakes, losing serve straight off the bat.

Another break arrived for a fired-up Jabeur in the sixth game, but the Tunisian did not have things all her own way in the opener, missing two set points in the eighth game as Raducanu earned one break back.

Jabeur squandered another two set points on the Raducanu serve but regained her mojo with a love hold to move 1-0 up, and despite clinching a first hold to 30 in the second set, the Briton's downfall quickly commenced.

Jabeur reeled off a masterful six-game winning streak to advance to the quarter-finals, where she will take on Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia, but Great Britain still have one hope left in the singles tournament.

Heather Watson will battle Spanish lucky loser Cristina Bucsa on Thursday, where a victory could see her set up a quarter-final battle with former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

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