There will be no rehearsal at Flushing Meadows for Emma Raducanu.
The defending US Open women’s champion lost to Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday.
Cornet, 32, knocked down the 19-year-old Briton to advance to the second round of the tournament. She will then face Katerina Siniakova.
“I’m sorry, guys. I know you really love Emma,” Cornet told the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd. “She’s a great player and a great person.”
Raducanu was dominated by Cornet while also dealing with blisters on her right hand, the same hand she holds her racquet with. She needed a medical time out after the first set.
With the loss, Raducanu became the third woman in the professional era to lose in the first round a year after winning the Open. Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won it in 2004, and 2016 winner Angelique Kerber had also shortened championship defenses.
The teenage sensation didn’t come to the US Open thinking much about her status as the defending champion.
“I think defending a title is just something the press makes up,” she said ahead of the tournament.
Since his historic victory, Raducanu is 15-19, losing in the second round of the first three majors of the year.
For Cornet, who entered Flushing as the 40th seed, the night marked her 63rd consecutive Grand Slam event, a record – although she has to hope this one goes better than the previous 62. She made it to the quarter-finals once, at the Australian Open of the year.
“I manage my emotions better,” she said after the win. “I guess I’m getting old. I am becoming mature. … It’s good because I’m 32 years old. I guess it’s better late than never.
New York Post