Emma Raducanu says she needs to ‘relax’ after loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Indian Wells



Playing her first game since her triumph at Flushing Meadows, 18-year-old Raducanu won the opener but went on to battle world number 100 Sasnovich.

nu told reporters after his 10-game winning streak ended.

“At the start of the game I didn’t put any pressure on myself because in my mind I’m so inexperienced. I’m 18. I have to relax a bit.

“You could tell she was more experienced than me and went out there and executed her game plan better than me.”

Sasnovich hit 17 winners and 9 unforced errors, while Raducanu made 31 unforced errors.

Raducanu plays a backhand volley against Sasnovich.
Emma Raducanu grabs her racket bag ready to leave the field after her straight set loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Indian Wells tournament.
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“I really like playing here,” said Sasnovich, who will now face Simona Halep. “Emma just won the US Open and I lost there in the first round. So it was a little different.”

Raducanu won the US Open in an extraordinary race in which she did not lose a set.

The 18-year-old then parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson, who had accompanied Raducanu to the US Open, leading the Briton on her remarkable journey to the Grand Slam title.
Sasnovich returns a blow from Raducanu.  The 27-year-old Belarusian reached a career high No.30 in 2018.

Raducanu said she is now looking for a more experienced coach and at Indian Wells has worked with LTA Senior Women’s National Coach Jeremy Bates.

“Jeremy is a part of women’s tennis in the LTA, so while he’s here he’s helping me,” Raducanu said.

“In the future, I’ll just wait and try to find the right person.”

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Raducanu became the first qualifier – male or female – to win a Grand Slam title, having entered the tournament ranked 150th in the world.

“I am happy that what happened today has happened so that I can learn it and take it as a lesson,” Raducanu said. “She’s more experienced than me. She’s lost 4-2 hundreds of times.

“This is my third WTA tournament this year. I just have to not rush and put my head back on the drawing board.”


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