‘The wait continues’ Emma Raducanu loses in her first match at the Indian Wells 2021, yet to win a Tour match

Emma Raducanu reflects on her 2nd round defeat at the ongoing Indian Wells 2021, her first tournament since her historic title-winning run at the 2021 US Open.

British teen prodigy Emma Raducanu returned to competitive tennis for the first time since her historic title run at the 2021 US Open where she became the first qualifier to win a major and she did it without dropping a single set. Emma had to request a wildcard for the ongoing Indian Wells 2021 and her US Open win helped her get it and enter the main-draw directly.

Emma was up against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the 2nd round of the WTA-1000 event after having received a bye in the first round because of her seeding. With many expecting another scintillating performance from the 18-year old, things did not turn out well as she had to face a straight-set defeat losing the match 2-6, 4-6, losing the last 4 consecutive games.

This was Emma’s 3rd Tour of her career and despite having played in all 3 categories, WTA-250, WTA-500 and WTA-1000, the teen Grand Slam champion is yet to register a win on the tour having lost in all 3 of her matches so far except for the US Open. Emma was not disheartened and took it as a learning experience going forward.

Kind of glad what happened today happened so I can learn, take it as a lesson, so going forward I’ll have more experienced banked,” said Emma after her match showing her mental fortitude and positive approach towards her next tournaments.

Emma Raducanu will travel to Russia for the upcoming 2021 Kremlin Cup

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

I’m still very, very new to the tour. Experience just comes from playing week in, week out and experiencing all these different things,” added Emma as she exits from her first WTA-1000 event and will now prepare for the next 3 tournaments she has confirmed her participation in.

With an early exit in Indian Wells, Emma now has enough time to regroup and prepare for the upcoming Kremlin Cup 2021 which will be held in Moscow, Russia. It will be the second WTA-500 tournament she will play this season and will look to make the most of it as she still stands an outside chance to qualify for the 2021 WTA Finals of which 4 spots are still up for grabs.

Post her week in Russia, Emma is set to play at the 2021 Translyvania Open and then the 2021 Linz Open before the season ends for tournaments in and above the WTA-250 category.

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