Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been knocked out of the French Open, losing in the second round on Wednesday.
Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been knocked out of the French Open, losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the grand slam tournament’s second round on Wednesday.
It marks the second time Raducanu has lost to Sasnovich in the last eight months — the British No. 12 seed was previously defeated by the world No. 47 at Indian Wells last year.
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Raducanu, who was making her professional debut this year at Roland Garros, hit 33 unforced errors and paid the price for not converting five break points in the third game of the decisive set.
The 19-year-old won the opening set 6-3 and appeared to be coping with the windy conditions following an 11am start in the French capital, but Sasnovich asserted her power and authority on the contest with a dazzling display of shotmaking.
The Belarus star fired down 45 winners across the three sets, breaking Raducanu’s serve on five occasions.
“After the first set, I thought I couldn’t win so I just played it point by point,” the 28-year-old Sasnovich said.
Raducanu, who suffered a back injury leading into Roland Garros, has registered just two top 50 wins this year, indicating that higher-ranked players are beginning to target her weaknesses.
Regardless, the teenager successfully reached at least the second round on her debut at each of the four majors.
She will return home to Kent to see her parents before starting the build-up to the grass-court season.
“It’s gonna be nice to be back home and play on grass,” Raducanu said.
“Looking forward to compete in front of my home fans. I’m not really sure of what the atmosphere will feel like”
Sasnovich, who has qualified for the third round in Paris for the first time, will face either Germany’s Angelique Kerber, a three-time major winner, or French wildcard Elsa Jacquemot.
However, she will not compete at Wimbledon next month due to the ban on players from Russia and Belarus.
— with AFP and The Sun