Emma Raducanu was given a reality checked as she stumbled to conquer in her first match since winning the US Open last month, falling 6-2 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the extra round of Indian Wells on Friday.
It has been 27 days since the 18- age-old stunned the world to get the queen of New York in a fairytale story, but she couldn’t reproduce that footing in the Californian desert, going down to the Belarussian world No 100.
Raducanu was given the head groove in the Friday night evening session, but she couldn’t live up to her billing as the super attacking style that served her so well at the US Open proved her downfall unseasonably on, and either she squandered a lead in the spare set as Sasnovich won four games in a row to seal palm.
Had it not been for that inconceivable palm last month, this defeat for 17th seed Raducanu would have been entirely anticipated as Sasnovich, presently ranked at 100, is a former top 30 player and an consummate head on the WTA Tour.
The Briton is anything simply and, despite before having a Grand Slam in her honor at home, this was just her third tenure- rung match and she’s still biding for her first triumph.
Expectances may have been high externally, but Raducanu is mature enough to know that everything isn’t going to be plain sailing.
“I allow it’s going to take me time to doctor really to what is going on,”she said.”I mean, I am still so new to everything.
“Like the gests that I am going through right now, yea though I might not feel 100 per cent amazing right now, I know they are for the lesser good.
“For the bigger picture, I will be thanking this moment. So, that is the reading I suppose, that you can freely get smelled into being so focused on the result and getting disappointed.
“I mean, I am 18 ages old. I need to cut myself some slack.
“I am still really, really new to the hitch. I allow that experience just comes from playing week in, week out and feeling all these different duds.
Sasnovich will next face Simona Halep in the third round of the WTA 1000 event, while Raducanu will whomp herself down and move on to the succeeding one, where she’s due to play in Moscow in the Kremlin Cup thereafter this month.
Andy Murray was reunited with his nuptial ring and some of his dégagé tennis as he beat Adrian Mannarino in their first-round match.
The 35- span-old fared much better than Raducanu as he delivered the order of tennis that used to see him win Grand Slams before requiring a makeup modishness in a 6-3 6-2 triumph over Frenchman Mannarino.
“It’s nice to be back and I felt like a raced well and it was nice that so multiplex people came out and supported,”Murray said during his on- court interview.
“I allowed I contended well and I played to how the conditions allowed, I do not feel like I tried to overplay.”
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. It was more substantiation that Murray’s desire to fight at the top of the game may be possible as the fruits of a sustained run of matches on the ATP Tour are beginning to show.