Raducanu takes important lesson from Sasnovich defeat

10 October 2021 00:04:03 GMTPlus11
Emma Raducanu suffers early exit

US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she can find reasons to be glad about her loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells.

Raducanu was making her first appearance since enjoying a stunning run to the US Open title but the 18-year-old, who is priced at 7/1 to win next year's Wimbledon, suffered a straight-sets defeat.

Fast start not enough

She made a fine start, holding to love in the opening game in front of a very supportive 4,00-strong crowd, however, things quickly started to fall apart.

I can learn and take it as a lesson.

Emma Raducanu

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The world number 22 made far too many unforced errors against the defensively-minded Belarusian Sasnovich, who took the contest 6-2 6-4 in California.

Sasnovich sets up Halep date

Sasnovich can now look forward to a meeting with Simona Halep in round three, while Raducanu, who is without a permanent coach after parting ways with Andrew Richardson, was left to reflect on the end of her 11-match winning run.

Raducanu told BBC Sport: "I'm kind of glad that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson.

"There's going to be disappointment after any loss. I didn't go in there putting any pressure on myself because in my mind I'm so inexperienced that I'm just taking it all in."

The Brit, who was handed a first-round bye, is next scheduled to be in action at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, which gets underway on 19th October at the Olympic Complex Luzhniki.

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