British star Emma Raducanu made headlines in New York a month ago after she became the first player in tennis history to win a grand slam as a qualifier. She beat fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final to win her maiden grand slam. Astonishingly, she didn’t drop a single set en route her title triumph and became an overnight sensation.
But unfortunately for her, she lost her very first match post her mega success. After receiving a wildcard entry into Indian Wells, Raducanu bowed out of her very first match to Belarussian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets 2-6,4-6. She looked completely out of place and wasn’t able to hit winners at will like she did at Flushing Meadows.
After her exit, Raducanu is now enjoying some time off the court and is taking a tour around California. She posted a picture of herself with a couple of videos. She captioned her posts, “peace cal🇺🇸✌️ I’ll be back.” In the first video, few people are seen skateboarding while the second one is a clip she shot from her moving car depicting the beautiful colors of the evening sky amidst traffic.
Raducanu to play the Kremlin Cup next week
From California, Raducanu will travel back to Europe to play the Kremlin Cup at Moscow next week. The Kremlin Cup will be Raducanu’s first WTA 500 event of her career. The event will commence from October 18 and will feature other big names like Garbine Muguruza, Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Angelique Kerber.
From Moscow, Raducanu will head to Romania to play the Transylvania Open. The Brit also has Romanian background and hence will be received well by the locals. The tournament will also feature home favorite Simona Halep.
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