“Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski urged everyone not to panic after Emma Raducanu suffered a shock loss at the Indian Wells Masters.
In her first match since her US Open victory, world No. 22 Raducanu suffered a straight-set defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Sasnovich, ranked at No. 100 in the world, dominated Raducanu 6-2 6-4 in the Indian Wells second round.
“It was pretty normal for Raducanu to lose in her opening match in IW after winning the US Open. This is the transition period which will take a few months to adjust to. A lot of new expectations to deal with. She will also need to address coaching situation after suprise split,” Rusedski tweeted.
Raducanu also didn’t want to panic her defeat
“Aliaksandra played an extremely great match. You could tell she was more experienced than me, executed her game plan better than me and she deserved to win,” said Raducanu, per Tennishead.
“You get sharp by playing matches and I’m not match tight right now. I’ve not played a competition in a month, since the US Open, and that (sharpness) will come by playing week in, week out.
“So what do I need to work on? I’ll probably go back and review the match, probably tomorrow and look at it with a clear head. From there I’ll be able to plan. It’s going to take me time to adjust to what is going on. I’m still so new to everything.
“The experiences I’m going through, I mean, I might not feel 100 per cent amazing right now but I know for the greater good and bigger picture, I’ll be thankful for this moment.
“That’s the lesson, you can so easily get sucked in by being so focused on the result and getting disappointed. But I’m 18 years old and need to cut myself some slack.”
Raducanu has signed up to play three more tournaments following her US Open victory.