Emma Raducanu was defeated in her first match following the US Open 2021. She was a wildcard who lost in straight sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Indian Wells.
The match ended with a score of 6-2, 6-4. The young star’s fairytale had to come to an end at some point, and it did so quickly after her spectacular success.
Raducanu was unable to replicate her form from the US Open in the desert. She only converted two break points and had a first-serve win rate of just 61 per cent.
Martina Navratilova talks about Emma Raducanu
After Raducanu’s loss at Indian Wells 2021, tennis icon Martina Navratilova says there isn’t much she can learn from her last match.
She noted that this is only her fifth tour competition, therefore it’s unfair to make assumptions about her game because no one knows how she plays on all surfaces yet.
“This match maybe not that much (what Raducanu would take away from the match). But, look, this is her fifth tournament and we have no idea how she plays on different surfaces,” said Navratilova.
Raducanu’s life was turned upside down after she won the US Open in 2021, according to Navratilova.
She stated that the British star now does not know how to handle it, but that she can only improve her performance by participating in more matches.
“I think has life has changed so much. She doesn’t quite know how to handle it yet. Nobody has been there in this position before. She’s blazing her own trail. So, it’s more about how she manages herself off the court… There is just so much stuff that is going on with her. She just needs matches,” she added.
After her loss at Indian Wells 2021, no one knows where Emma Raducanu will play. Fans still have high hopes for her and want to see her make a spectacular comeback on the court.