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Indian Wells: Emma Raducanu loses her first game since the US Open

mma Raducanu says she has to “let go” after returning to the field after her sensational US Open triumph that ended in loss at Indian Wells.

It’s been 27 days since the 18-year-old stunned the world to become Queen of New York in a fairytale, but she couldn’t replicate that level in the California desert, bowing 6-2 6 -4 against Belarusian Aliaksandra. Sasnovich.

While this victory at Flushing Meadows and the invitations to red carpet events that followed helped catapult her into a global star, it may be at odds with her true position in the game.

This was only her third event on the WTA Tour, and she has yet to win a game, and now she has to get used to life on the road and learn to deal with opponents – and defeats – like this every week.

Expectations might have been high on the outside, but Raducanu is mature enough to know that not everything is going to go smoothly.

“I think it’s going to take a while for me to really adjust to what’s going on,” she said. “I mean, I’m still so new to everything.

“Like the experiences I am going through right now, while I might not feel 100% amazing right now, I know they are for the greater good.

“For the big picture, I’ll thank this moment. So, this is the lesson I think, that you can easily get caught up in being so focused on the outcome and being disappointed.

“I mean, I’m 18. I have to relax a bit.

“I’m still very, very new to the tour. I think that experience just came from playing week after week and going through all of these different things.

“I’m pretty happy that what happened today happened so that I could learn it and take it as a lesson. So in the future, I’ll just have more banking experience.



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