Emma Raducanu loses the first match since the US Open victory by defeating in straight-sets at Indian Wells

Emma Raducanu has lost her first match since winning the US Open last month, falling 6-2, 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the prestigious Indian Wells tournament in California.

The 18-year-old Briton had an aura of invincibility at Flushing Meadows in New York, after qualifying and not dropping a set on his way to winning his first major.

But that was another story under the lights of the stadium stadium in Indian Wells as Raducanu struggled with his accuracy and energy level.

Unforced errors accumulated as the night went on and she never radiated joy on the pitch, which was a hallmark of her breakthrough despite a supportive crowd.

The match started promising enough for the 17th seed as she lovingly held serve to start the affair.

But errors began to creep in, and the unseeded Belarusian took full advantage and hovered a lob over Raducanus’ extensive rackets to claim the first set.

Raducanu was broken to start the second set, but fought back to take a 4-2 lead when Sasnovich started to fail.

However, Sasnovich calmed down, winning the last four matches and sealing the match as Raducanu sent a service return wide on match points.

Sasnovich next meets Simona Halep in the third round of the WTA 1000 event after the 11th-seeded Romanian beat Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (7/2), 6-1.

Raducanus’ success in the US Open catapulted her to star status. She attended the Met Gala and the James Bond premiere in her time away from court.

She will now draw attention to the Kremlin Cup in Moscow later this month.

In other results in the woman’s draw in Indian Wells, Iga Świątek only needed 71 minutes to send Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.

Number four seed Elina Svitolina beat Tereza Martineova 6-2, 7-5, while ninth seeded Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1.

Victoria Azarenka advanced via walkover as Magda Linette retired 7-5, 3-0.

Shelby Rogers-who showed Australia’s world key Ash Barty from US Open-led Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-2.

AP / Reuters


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