Emma Raducanu lost her first match since the US Open fairy tale. The 18-year-old
Raducanu had stunned the world to become the queen of New York in a fairytale
story, but she could not reproduce that level in the Californian desert,
going down 6-2 6-4 to Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Raducanu offered few excuses and said: “Aliaksandra played a great match. She’s
an extremely experienced opponent who has been on the Tour for many years.
“I had to get used to the conditions. It’s my first time playing in Indian Wells. She was
better than me so she deserves to win. “Playing at night is always going to be
different. I haven’t had much experience with night matches.
experiencing all these different things.
“I’m kind of glad that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a
lesson. So going forward, I’ll just have more experienced banked.”
In a scrappy match that was littered with errors, No.17 seed Raducanu lacked the zip
and sharpness that saw her win 10 matches and 20 sets in a row in the Big Apple.
Sasnovich, 27, took control of the first set with a double break of serve and managed
to win four games consecutively at 4-2 down to clinch the second set.
The world no.100 can now look forward to a third-round clash against 2019
Wimbledon champion Simona Halep. Perhaps the lack of match practice since the Big
Apple’s success played its part.