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Emma Raducanu reacts after losing a point to Alaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday Oct. 8, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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U.S. Open champ Raducanu loses in 2 sets at Indian Wells

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Emma Raducanu came down to earth in her first tournament since her surprising U.S. Open victory, losing in straight sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night.

Raducanu lost 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, ending her 10-match winning streak that began in New York. She received a wild-card into the combined ATP and WTA tournament in the Southern California desert.

Sasnovich, a 27-year-old from Belarus ranked 100th in the world, reached the doubles semifinals last month at the U.S. Open while Raducanu was completing a stunning run from qualifier to champion at age 18.

Sasnovich got service breaks to take leads of 3-1 and 5-2 and close out the set in 30 minutes without ever losing her serve.

Raducanu rallied in the second set, taking a 4-2 lead. But Sasnovich broke for a fifth time and led 5-4 before serving out the match. Sasnovich won 53% of her second serves to just 29% for Raducanu.

Former men’s No. 1 Andy Murray and U.S. Open runner-up Leyla Fernandez played night matches.

Iga Swiatek needed just 71 minutes to dispatch Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3.

The last time the tournament was played in 2019, Swiatek lost in qualifying. Now, she’s the No. 2 seed and the 2020 French Open champion.

Swiatek won nine of the first 10 games against Martic before the Polish star got broken twice and fell behind 0-3 in the second set. Swiatek rallied to win the next six games and close out the match.

“In 2019, I wasn’t playing that confident, but I’m really happy that times have changed now," Swiatek said. “In the second set, I lost focus for one game and she broke me pretty fast, so I knew I just had to keep going and not stop for a second time.”

No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina beat Tereza Martineova 6-2, 7-5. Ninth-seeded Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova topped Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1.

No. 11 seed Simona Halep beat Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1.

Victoria Azarenka advanced via walkover when Magda Linette quit trailing 7-5, 3-0. Shelby Rogers routed Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-2.

On the men's side, Americans Jenson Brooksby and Ernesto Escobedo won their first-round matches. Brooksby beat Cem Ilkel 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Escobedo defeated Holger Rune 6-4, 6-1.

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It was expected. She fired her coach before signing up another.

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why say she lost instead of appreciating the person who won?

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why say she lost instead of appreciating the person who won?

"Sasnovich wins" is hardly going to get any clicks. "U.S. Open champ Raducanu loses" definitely will.

Simple as that.

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why say she lost instead of appreciating the person who won?

Good point. That's often the case when the winner is Eastern European.

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Might have had a better result if she had spent more time practicing her tennis and less time on the party circuit these past few weeks!

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At least her hips weren’t photoshopped to make them look like a 12 year old.

Good photos.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Naomi Osaka did the same thing but waited till after winning the Australian Open……I’m curious to see how their careers play out.

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Pretty obvious why they say a famous person lost instead of mentioning an unknown that beat her.

Pretty funny that people get offended about ANYTHING

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As I mentioned in a previous article, this thing happening is not unexpected:

https://japantoday.com/category/sports/Teens-Raducanu-Fernandez-advance-to-U.S.-Open-women's-final

When watching these two, there's a feeling that they're having fun. There's a spark and a smile that I don't see from Serena, Osaka or some of the other top players.

It's the same for all players when they first start - young players don't yet feel the weight of expectations

It's not until afterwards when people expect them as veterans to win more when they feel it

We'll see what happens next. Typically, young players struggle with consistency - they can do well in one tournament, then go out early in the next 2 tournaments

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One Hit Wonder!

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Sasnovich wins

You did it again, saying only one name not both!

people get offended about ANYTHING

Yes it's a sport where you recognize your opponent and hopefully respect them. That should be common courtesy given. Look At the URL, they were working on such a title.

You could have asked a question instead of being incurious. That's not an offence

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She must be very disappointed but it will make her focus more on her next bout. Good luck

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sf2k

The news isn’t written for your ears only. But those who feel entitled to that may end up looking for things to get cross over.

Don’t get an ulcer dude.

Peace!

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This being a news site in Japan, I expected the article to contain more about the success of the Japanese players, Nishikori, Nishioka, and Taro Daniel won their opening matches.

Emma will have to adjust with all the pressure the media and the social media will keep on putting on her. Hopefully she has a good support team, and we will see more great matchesnfrom her

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Nothing to be ashamed about losing. Unless of course she starts pulling the victim card / race card / mental health card like a certain 'Japanese' female tennis primadonna.

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crapaphat.....

Ever ask yourself why people are so against Ms Osaka?

Hint..... has something to do with fakeness and hypocrisy.

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Couldn’t get a better illustration of utter exhaustion and dejection than the top photograph. Well done to the photographer and to the person who chose it to lead off the article.

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Osaka and Raducanu have some similarities to casual viewers. Both were very young with grand slam victories. Both are biracial and are marketed as such. Both have fired their coaches after success. Both are pretty much considered the next generation of women tennis stars in a world so interested in not only their tennis skills but also their opinions on very sticky topics.

What remains to be seen is how Raducanu does in future tournaments and her reaction to the media.

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zichi:

It was expected. She fired her coach before signing up another.

She did not fire him. He was always temporary and she didn't expect to get past the qualifiers at the US Open. And she needs someone with experience of WTA coaching. But yeah, if you want to believe those tabloids and their sensational headlines... I have a feeling you're not even interested in or know anything about tennis.

Mountainpear:

Might have had a better result if she had spent more time practicing her tennis and less time on the party circuit these past few weeks!

Oh, you mean the Met Gala? You know, the one which was also attended by Serena, Naomi, Leylah, Maria and Felix? I have the receipts and the photos of them in their costumes. If only one tennis player could attend, it would have been Radacanu (or Daniil). The rest should have been at home trying to figure out why they didn't win the US Open.

BackpackingNepal:

One Hit Wonder!

I seem to recall Osaka losing in her first match right after her first Grand Slam title. This was before she went on to win another three GS titles. You seem to forget Radacanu has a decade or two in front of her. But you can thank me later.

Lostrune2:

We'll see what happens next. Typically, young players struggle with consistency - they can do well in one tournament, then go out early in the next 2 tournaments

One of the few sane posters who has something objective to say. As someone once said, the only consistent thing about tennis is inconsistency. So many players, like Barty, have done well, only to lose badly early on in some other big tournaments.

For Christ's sake, Radanacanu only started on the WTA tour this summer. And people are already criticizing her for not having won a WTA title yet!!!!! Her performance at the US Open has only shown that she has potential. We have to see her play consistently before we make further judgement.

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Both were very young with grand slam victories. Both are biracial and are marketed as such.

Raducanu is British, her parents are from different countries. No idea who is 'marketing' her. She has grown up in Britain in school with all of her friends exactly the same. Only racist people say she is not British and focus on her parents nationality.

Osaka is different, she is American but represents Japan due to her own Career gains. Doesn't speak Japanese, doesn't care about mixed race people issues in Japan. I fail to see any similarity.

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Pukey2Today  08:39 pm JST

zichi:

It was expected. She fired her coach before signing up another.

She did not fire him. He was always temporary and she didn't expect to get past the qualifiers at the US Open. And she needs someone with experience of WTA coaching. But yeah, if you want to believe those tabloids and their sensational headlines... I have a feeling you're not even interested in or know anything about tennis.

So what are you? The JT tennis expert? Please keep your insults to yourself. You don't know me.

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Pukey2

zichi:

I have a feeling you're not even interested in or know anything about tennis.*

*For Christ's sake, Radanacanu only started on the WTA tour this summer. *

I know her name is "Raducanu".

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Tokyo Joe, race and ethnicity are different.

Since we have lost the plot, or would like to make a new one, let's help out.

American is not a race nor is Japanese, so in that respect, Osaka is not biracial. Osaka has a Black Haitian father an Asian Japanese mother, making her biracial. Ethnically, I agree with you about Osaka being American, so we can agree she is multi-ethnic, a Japanese American if you will.

Raducanu has a mother from China who shares traits with Han Chinese and a father from Romania, so European traits on that side. This makes her, biracial. Ethnically, she is British, which I agree with you, but you know that ;).

Also, you could argue that Randucanu's media push, traditional or otherwise, hasn't really started as it has been such a quick turnaround from the US Open.

Again, I find Osaka's an Raducanu's similarities interesting to watch and I look forward to what they both do in the future.

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cracaphat........

Sorry, no offense meant. Just really bad typing skills.

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Osaka is different, she is American but represents Japan due to her own Career gains. Doesn't speak Japanese, doesn't care about mixed race people issues in Japan. I fail to see any similarity.

A very presumptuous,inverted take based on reading websites and videos,since you don't know her.Ignoring she was born in this country and you don't know what she cares about or not. And the capital C was weak.Or simply a fat finger slip?

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Mr Kipling...

Cool and thanx. We good.

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Osaka is different, she is American but represents Japan due to her own Career gains.

Yeah, it's not like she is a Japan-born, Japanese citizen born to and raised by an ethnically Japan-born mother or anything.

...oh, wait...

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Raducanu now needs to decide whether she is a tennis player who happens to be pretty, or a pretty young woman who happens to play tennis.

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zichi:

So what are you? The JT tennis expert? Please keep your insults to yourself. You don't know me.

Yes, I made a typo when typing in her name. Big deal. No, I am not the residential tennis expert. But I do read and make sure I get the facts straight instead of falling for sensational headlines.

And things in the tennis world have changed since the forties and fifties.

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And things in the tennis world have changed since the forties and fifties.

yes, they no longer use wooden rackets with pig gut strings. How old do you think I am? Just more of your insults.

Some of the professional players thought she should have retained her trainer before she decided on a new one.

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