Emma Raducanu secured a straight-set victory over Marie Bouzkova, overcoming a break down in the opening set to dominate and win 6-4, 6-1 at the Abu Dhabi Open.
The 21-year-old British player, who faced setbacks with wrist and ankle surgeries, returned to the Grand Slam stage last month at the Australian Open.
Having received a wildcard for the Abu Dhabi Open, Raducanu is set for a second-round encounter with Ons Jabeur, the world number six and two-time Wimbledon finalist.
This match marks another step in Raducanu’s comeback journey from injury.Despite her US Open triumph in 2021, Raducanu has yet to secure a victory against a top-10 opponent in four attempts.
Her upcoming clash with Jabeur provides an opportunity to make a statement in her return to competitive tennis.
British number four, Heather Watson, is also in action, set to face Russian ninth seed Veronika Kudermetova in the tournament on Tuesday.