Wed. May 18th, 2022

Emma Raducanu came down to earth in her first tournament since her surprising US Open victory and lost in equal sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open today.

Raducanu lost 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, ending her 10-game winning streak that began in New York. She received a wild card in the combined ATP and WTA tournament in the Southern California desert.

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It was Raducanus’ fifth event at tour level since her debut on the WTA Tour in June.

“I’m a little happy that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson, so in the future I’ll just get more experience,” she said.

Sasnovich, a 27-year-old from Belarus ranked 100th in the world, reached the doubles semifinals at the US Open last month, while Raducanu completed a fantastic race from qualifier to champion at the age of 18.

“Emma just won the US Open and I lost there in the first round,” Sasnovich said, “so it was a little different.”

Sasnovich got service breaks to take leads 1-1 and 5-2 and close the set in 30 minutes without ever losing his serve.

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Raducanu gathered in the second set and took a 4-2 lead.

But Sasnovich broke for a fifth time and led 5-4 before expelling the match. Sasnovich won 53 percent of her second serve to just 29 percent for Raducanu.

“I’m still so new to everything,” Raducanu said. “The experiences I’m going through right now, even though I may not feel 100 percent amazing right now, I know they’re for the greater good.”

Sasnovich advanced to play No. 11 seed Simona Halep in the third round. Halep beat Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1.

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