After the British star’s unfortunate exit from Indian Wells, two Emma Raducanu issues have been asked.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich knocked Emma Raducanu out of Indian Wells in the second round.
Martina Navratilova has two questions for Emma Raducanu after the Romanian’s upset defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first match after winning the US Open. Raducanu had a wildcard into Indian Wells, her first tournament since winning the US Open a month ago.
With one eye on the season-ending WTA Finals, there was a lot of anticipation for what the 18-year-old may accomplish at the BNP Paribas Open.
Raducanu lost in straight sets to Sasnovich at Indian Wells, which would have given her a substantial lift in the rankings.
In the second set, Raducanu was visibly upset as her 27-year-old opponent took advantage of the slow court.
Raducanu praised Sasnovich after the match and even stated that she was “happy” she lost the match.
Raducanu, who is still extremely inexperienced at the highest level, recognizes that she has a long way to go in her game.
And there’s no need to rush any choices about Raducanu’s near future, despite the fact that parting ways with Andrew Richardson, who helped Raducanu win the US Open, raised a few eyebrows ahead of Indian Wells.
Navratilova questions whether splitting with Richardson was a “smart idea,” and she also questions whether Raducanu understands how to cope with her sudden celebrity.
Navratilova told Tennis Channel what she felt Raducanu will take away from her loss: “This match, perhaps not so much.
“We have no idea how she performs on different surfaces because this is her fifth event, but her life has changed dramatically.
“We can start with the xs and os. She won five of her twenty-one second serve points. That is now the reason she lost the contest.
“I believe her life has changed so drastically that she is unsure how to cope.
“Nobody has ever been in this situation. She is forging her own path.
“It’s more about how she handles her personal life away from the court. There was also a coaching change, which I’m not sure was a smart decision.
“She’s got so much on her plate that she just needs some matches. She has to have some fun.” Raducanu will now compete in the Kremlin Cup later this month before moving on to the Transylvania. “Brinkwire News Summary.”