Emma Radukhanu’s spectacular early run at the Western and Southern Open was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Jessica Pegula.

Britain’s 10th seed kicked off its campaign in Cincinnati with impressive wins over WTA Tour veterans Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

But the top-ranked American proved the mountain was too tough for the defending U.S. Open champion to climb.

Pegula took control early in the match, directing ground plays and scoring two break point chances to win the first set.

Another break early in the second gave the world No. 8 the momentum she needed to secure her place in the quarterfinals.

Pegula’s technical prowess upset clinical tennis Radukanu, who showed in her previous bout, as the 19-year-old gave up 21 unforced errors in the loss.

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