US Open Champ Raducanu Defeated In Opening Match At Indian Wells

US Open Champ Raducanu Defeated In Opening Match At Indian Wells 2
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain grabs her racket bag able to stroll off the court docket after her straight-sets defeat towards Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus of their second-round match on Day 5 of the BNP Paribas Open on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 08, 2021, in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP


Emma Raducanu crashed out of the WTA Indian Wells match within the second spherical on Friday, shedding 6-2, 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first match since her beautiful US Open triumph in September.

On September 11, the British 18-year-old shocked the tennis world at Flushing Meadows by turning into the primary qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.

But on Friday, she seemed rusty in her first match since that win.

Raducanu gained the primary recreation of the opening set, but it surely was all Sasnovich after that within the first profession assembly between the 2.

“There is going to be disappointment after any loss,” Raducanu stated.

“Going into the match I didn’t put any strain on myself as a result of in my thoughts I’m so inexperienced. I’m 18 years outdated. I want to chop myself some slack.

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“You could tell she was more experienced than me and she went out there and executed her game plan better than I did.”

The unseeded Sasnovich gained three straight factors to achieve 40-0 within the closing recreation, then clinched the match when Raducanu hit a backhand lengthy.

The Belarusian blasted one ace and gained 67 p.c of her first-serve factors, profiting from Raducanu’s gentle second serve and incapability to hit winners on straightforward pictures.

“I really enjoy playing here,” stated Sasnovich. “Emma just won the US Open and I lost there in the first round. So it was a little bit different.”

Sasnovich strikes on to the third spherical the place she is going to face eleventh seeded Simona Halep.

‘Take It As A Lesson’

Sasnovich gained the primary set simply, engaging in one thing that nobody on the US Open had been in a position to do — Raducanu claimed the title with out dropping a set, having gained 10 straight matches in Queens.

Sasnovich clinched the primary set with a excessive lob from the baseline after Raducanu botched on a straightforward volley on the web that she hit immediately again to her opponent.

Serving within the set’s closing recreation, Sasnovich took a 40-30 lead with an ace down the center.

Raducanu hit a backhand winner to stage it 40-40 however one other unforced forehand error by Raducanu made it benefit Sasnovich.

“I am glad what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson,” Raducanu stated. “She’s received extra expertise than me. She has been 4-2 down a whole lot of occasions.

“It is my third WTA tournament this year. Just got to not rush it and get my head back to the drawing board.”

The Brit had 4 double faults and gained simply 5 factors on her second serve.

Before Raducanu’s sudden elimination, the remainder of the title contenders within the abandoned Indian Wells gained wins with out a lot hassle.

Young Canadian Leylah Fernandez, a shock runner-up on the final US Open, beat France’s Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-3.

Fernandez, who has an Ecuadorian father and is ranked twenty eighth within the WTA, will play the following spherical towards Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, ranked thirteenth.

In different ladies’s matches, Halep routed Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 and second-seeded Iga Swiatek, of Poland, crushed Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3.

In the lads’s draw, Andy Murray breezed previous France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2.

The 34-year-old Scot will now meet 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who additionally shone on the final US Open.

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US Open Champ Raducanu Defeated In Opening Match At Indian Wells

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