‘It was difficult,’ says Dan Evans of Emma Raducanu’s exit from Indian Wells.
When Emma Raducanu returned to compete in Indian Wells on Friday, she lost her first match since her historic US Open victory (October 8).
Dan Evans has weighed in on fellow British No. 1 Emma Raducanu’s early exit from Indian Wells. In her first match after her historic victory at the US Open, the 18-year-old made a disastrous return to the match court, losing to world No. 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Raducanu made history last month when she won the US Open by winning three qualifying matches and seven main-draw matches, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
Her victory catapulted her up the global rankings from No. 150 to No. 21 in the world, as well as the WTA British No. 1.
She returned to action less than a month later in Indian Wells, the 1000-point event nicknamed the ‘fifth Grand Slam,’ but she struggled in the slow conditions of the Californian desert, losing 6-2 6-4 to Sasnovich.
Now, Raducanu’s ATP counterpart for top-ranked Briton has explained why she was defeated in her first match following her historic run at Flushing Meadows, claiming that she had been distracted in recent weeks.
ATP British No. 1 Dan Evans stated of Raducanu’s match against Sasnovich, “You know, I watched a little bit.”
“I mean, obviously, I wouldn’t know what she’s going through without speaking out of turn, and I think, you know, there are so many other things she’s probably got to do right now after the US Open commitments that, you know, tennis probably wasn’t, not her fault, wasn’t her only thing to do, so it was difficult.”
As she adjusts to life on the pro tour, the Bromley native must also adjust to her newfound celebrity status.
She has attended the elite Met Gala, a London Fashion Week party, and the recent James Bond premiere in London, having become a household figure virtually overnight, following her US Open victory.
Evans, who overcame former world No. 4 Nishikori in his Indian Wells opening, added: “I think she said, I think I read someplace that she said.” “Brinkwire News Summary.”