Emma Raducanu: US Open winner "kind of glad" for defeat at Indian Wells

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has been knocked out of the Indian Wells Masters, losing her first match since winning the US Open.

The Brit was vying for an 11th consecutive victory after making history at the New York Grand Slam last month.

However, despite her best efforts, Raducanu was struck by Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, who won 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of Indian Wells.

It was certainly a surprise result for the 18-year-old, who is now the new British number one and ranked 22 overall in the world.

Raducanu pulled off a sublime run in the US Open, defeating the likes of Olympic champion Belinda Bencic on her route to the final.

Since her history-making win at Flushing Meadows – becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam – all eyes have been on the British star.

Emma Raducanu

The teen is carrying a lot of pressure and expectation on her shoulders as she returns to the court in her mission to line her trophy cabinet with silverware. 

But it wasn't meant to be at Indian Wells and Raducanu has an extremely positive attitude about it given it will have come as a huge disappointment to the tennis star.

"I'm still very, very new to the tour," she said. "Experience just comes from playing week in, week out and experiencing all these different things.

"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."

Indeed, Raducanu only made her professional debut in June – appearing in the Nottingham Open as a wildcard. 

She then made her first ever Grand Slam appearance as she took the grass of Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round before being forced to withdraw with breathing problems.

Her next competition was the US Open, where history was made and the glass ceiling was shattered.

Raducanu certainly has it in her to win more major titles and this opening round defeat at Indian Wells should not be a poster match for her already glittering portfolio.

News Now - Sport News