Emma Raducanu admits ‘I need to cut myself some slack’ as she loses first match since US Open and out of Indian Wells

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Emma Raducanu was beaten in her first match since the US Open as she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells.

The expectation was always going to be high for the 18-year-old competing for the first time since winning the grand slam.

Raducanu lost in straight sets at the US Open

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Raducanu lost in straight sets at the US Open

It was a glorious run in New York and has been a whirlwind few weeks for the new global star, but her time in California was not as successful.

Sasnovich, ranked 100 in the world, started off the stronger of the two and never looked back after breaking Raducanu’s serve in just the third game.

The Belarusian eventually won 6-2 6-4 and she will progress to the third round.

Expectations may have been high externally, but Raducanu gave a mature press conference, recognising the fact she is still an inexperienced tour player.

Sasnovich is ranked 100 in the world

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Sasnovich is ranked 100 in the world

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

“Like the experiences that I’m going through right now, even though I might not feel 100 per cent amazing right now, I know they’re for the greater good.

“For the bigger picture, I’ll be thanking this moment. So, that’s the lesson I think, that you can easily get sucked into being so focused on the result and getting disappointed.

“I mean, I’m 18 years old. I need to cut myself some slack.

Raducanu admitted she needs to cut herself some slack

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Raducanu admitted she needs to cut herself some slack

“I’m still very, very new to the tour. I think that experience just comes from playing week in, week out and experiencing all these different things.

“I’m kind of glad that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson. So going forward, I’ll just have more experienced banked.”

Whereas in New York she came through qualifying and was able to get to grips with the conditions, she went into Indian Wells cold.

Sasnovich had already won in the first round, whereas Raducanu got a bye, and her experience eventually told.

The Bromley teenager did not lose a set at the US Open and found herself in a relatively unknown position.

Asked what the crucial factor at 4-2 in the second set was, she replied: “Well, her experience probably.

Raducanu is still planning to play two more tournaments this month

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Raducanu is still planning to play two more tournaments this month

“She’s been on tour, probably been 4-2 down like hundreds of times whereas I’ve been 4-2 up. It’s my third WTA tournament this year. I mean, it will come in time. Just got to not rush it and keep going and get my head back to the drawing board really.

“You definitely get sharp by playing matches. I’m not match-tight right now. Like I haven’t played a competition in a month, since the US Open. That will just come just playing week in, week out.

“I didn’t go in there putting any pressure on myself because in my mind I’m so inexperienced that all these, I’m just taking it all in.

“You’re going to have highs and you’re always going to have some lows where you’re disappointed with how you performed. Aliaksandra played an extremely great match.

“She has played, you could tell she’s more experienced than me. She went out there and executed her game plan better than I did. She, of course, deserved to win that.”

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