Emma Raducanu got here all the way down to earth in her first event since her stunning U.S. Open victory, dropping in straight units to Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the BNP Paribas Open on Friday evening.
Raducanu misplaced 6-2, 6-Four within the second spherical, ending her 10-match profitable streak that started in New York. She acquired a wild-card into the mixed ATP and WTA event within the Southern California desert.
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It was Raducanu’s fifth Tour-level occasion since making her WTA Tour debut in June.
“I am sort of glad that what occurred right this moment occurred so I can be taught and take it as a lesson so going ahead I am going to simply have extra expertise banked,” she mentioned.
Former world No. 1 Andy Murray beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 in his first match as a wild-card. Murray fired 5 aces and linked on 82% of his first serves in opposition to the French lefty-hander. Murray transformed three of six break factors; Mannarino failed in his lone likelihood to interrupt.
Leyla Fernandez, who misplaced to Raducanu within the U.S. Open closing, defeated Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-3. Fernandez transformed 5 of 9 break factors and hit 71% of her second serves.
Sasnovich, a 27-year-old from Belarus ranked 100th on the planet, reached the doubles semifinals final month on the U.S. Open whereas Raducanu was finishing a shocking run from qualifier to champion at age 18.
“Emma simply gained the U.S. Open and I misplaced there within the first spherical,” Sasnovich mentioned, “so it was just a little bit totally different.”
Sasnovich obtained service breaks to take leads of 3-1 and 5-2 and shut out the set in 30 minutes with out ever dropping her serve.
Raducanu rallied within the second set, taking a 4-2 lead. However Sasnovich broke for a fifth time and led 5-Four earlier than serving out the match. Sasnovich gained 53% of her second serves to simply 29% for Raducanu.
“I am nonetheless so new to all the things,” Raducanu mentioned. “The experiences that I am going by proper now, regardless that I may not really feel 100 % superb proper now, I do know they’re for the better good.”
Sasnovich superior to play No. 11 seed Simona Halep within the third spherical. Halep beat Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1.
Iga Swiatek wanted simply 71 minutes to dispatch Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3.
The final time the event was performed in 2019, Swiatek misplaced in qualifying. Now, she’s the No. 2 seed and the 2020 French Open champion.
Swiatek gained 9 of the primary 10 video games in opposition to Martic earlier than the Polish star obtained damaged twice and fell behind 0-Three within the second set. Swiatek rallied to win the following six video games and shut out the match.
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“In 2019, I wasn’t enjoying that assured, however I’m actually pleased that instances have modified now,” Swiatek mentioned. “Within the second set, I misplaced focus for one recreation and she or he broke me fairly quick, so I knew I simply needed to hold going and never cease for a second time.”
No. Four seed Elina Svitolina beat Tereza Martineova 6-2, 7-5. No. 7 Petra Kvitova beat Arantxa Rus 6-2, 6-2. Ninth-seeded Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova topped American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1.
Victoria Azarenka superior by way of walkover when Magda Linette stop trailing 7-5, 3-0. Shelby Rogers routed Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-2. No. 19 Jessica Pegula beat Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-3.
On the boys’s facet, People Jenson Brooksby and Ernesto Escobedo gained their first-round matches. Brooksby beat Cem Ilkel 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Escobedo defeated Holger Rune 6-4, 6-1.
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