Emma Raducanu and her “lesson for the future”

In his first match after his resounding triumph at the US Open, the young British tennis player Emma Raducanu was eliminated on Friday in its premiere in the tournament of Indian Wells by Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Raducanu, 18, fell 6-2, 6-4 to Sasnovich, who ranks 100th in the WTA rankings and has no title on her record. The British disappointed with a very imprecise tennis and far from the version with which she conquered the New York Grand Slam last September 11 without losing a single set.

The best of Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Emma Raducanu

The last US Open champion fell on her debut in Indian Wells. (WTA video)


“Aliaksandra is an experienced opponent. I had to adapt to the conditions, It was my first time in Indian Wells and it was better than me. He deserved to win, “acknowledged Raducanu. “This is a lesson for the future (…) It is going to take me time to adapt to the experiences that I am living, “stressed the British, who became known only in the middle of this year when she reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

“Emma won the US Open and I lost there in the first round,” Sasnovich said. “Now everything was a little different.”

Raducanu did not have a good night.

The match

Raducanu, who jumped from 150th place in the world ranking to the current 22nd thanks to her triumph at Flushing Meadows, did not feel comfortable at any time from its premiere in Indian Wells (California), a WTA 1000 category tournament. Raducanu had attended this tournament in the Californian desert with an invitation from the organizationBut it was one of the great attractions of the women’s team after their historic victory at the US Open in September.

Although he came to dominate 4-2 in the second set, Raducanu was unable to display the unassailable game with which he astonished the tennis world in New York, where became the first Grand Slam winner to start from the qualifiers and the youngest Major Champion since Maria Sharapova in 2004.

Say hello to Raducanu.  She said goodbye defeated.

Say hello to Raducanu. She said goodbye defeated.

Sasnovich broke through in the third and seventh games to beat Raducanu in the first set, an achievement that none of the Briton’s 10 rivals at Flushing Meadows achieved. In the second set, Raducanu lost his serve in the first but recovered quickly by breaking in the second and sixth games. With 4-2 in her favor, the British seemed to accelerate towards the third set but Sasnovich did not miss his opportunity and took advantage of the mistakes of his young opponent to come back and seal his triumph.

In the next round the Belarusian will face the Romanian Simona Halep, eleventh seeded and winner of two Grand Slam titles, who beat the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (7/2) and 6-1.

Great postcard, rainbows and all, from Indian Wells.

Great postcard, rainbows and all, from Indian Wells.

The ‘fifth Grand Slam’ with female absences

The return after more than two years of Indian Wells, considered “the fifth Grand Slam” due to its importance in the circuit, is marked by absences since neither the number one in the ranking, the Australian Ashleigh Barty, nor either the two, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

In the same way, stars like Serena Williams or Naomi Osaka have not gone to the courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California’s Coachella Valley.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich's salute to Emma Raducanu after defeating her in the second round at Indian Wells.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich’s salute to Emma Raducanu after defeating her in the second round at Indian Wells.

A lazy Friday for Argentines in Indian Wells

There were no joys for Argentine tennis in the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells and this Friday three representatives were fired in American cement. First Federico Delbonis lost (44 °) and then came the fall of Facundo Bagnis (74 °) like that of Federico Coria (67 °).

Delbonis lost against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (75th) by 6-3, 3-6 and 7-6 (2), duel that was for either of the two; the blue player served twice for the game and was never able to close it. Different was the case of Bagnis, who fell against the Ecuadorian Emilio Gómez (174 °) by a resounding 6-3 and 6-1. And at the last minute, the Santa Fe also succumbed Federico Coria, who could not beat the American Brandon Nakashima (83), only 20 years old and who beat him 6-3 and 6-2, in 78 minutes. While, In the women’s team, Nadia Podoroska (36th) dropped out of the tournament due to “physical discomfort”.

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This Saturday the two Argentines who remain in the main draw will continue in the race: at 15 (ESPN), Diego Schwartzman (15 °) against the American Maxime Cressy (145 °) and around 17, Guido Pella (80 °) against the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (19th).

Peque and Pella Saturday

Diego Schwartzman will face American Maxime Cressy and Guido Pella against Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, in two matches of the second round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, on fast surface and with prizes for $ 9,146,125.

The Peque, located in position 15 of the world ranking of the ATP, is the eleventh seed and will make his debut directly in the second round against Cressy, who crossed the classification and beat the Serbian Laslo Djere (47th) in the debut by 6-7 (3-7), 6-1 and 7-5. In the event of winning, the 29-year-old Argentine will play his next match against the winner of the crossing, which will be encouraged by the British Daniel Evans (22nd) and the Japanese Kei Nishikori (53rd). Schwartzman, champion of the Argentina Open last February, will try to improve his record in a tournament in which he barely won two games after five participations.

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The Bahian Pella (80 °), for his part, made his debut last Thursday and settled in the second round after beating South Korean Soonwoo Kwon (56) by 1-6, 6-3 and 6-4, but will assume a commitment risk against the Spanish Bautista Agut, who was exempted from playing in the initial round. The history between the two favors the Spanish, who beat Pella the three times they were face to face, at the 2017 Australian Open, plus Munich and Wimbledon, both in 2019. In the case of advancing to the third round, Pella, 31, will meet Britain’s Cameron Norrie (26th) or the American Tennys Sandgren (102nd).

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There will also be Argentine activity in doubles

In the doubles table, there will also be an Argentine presence with Horacio Zeballos and Máximo González. Mar del Plata Zeballos and his Catalan teammate Marcel Granollers will start as third seeded players and will make their debut at 15 o’clock against Italians Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego.

For their part, Machi González from Tandil and Italian Simone Bolelli will face the strong Colombian couple made up of Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah in the initial round, in a match scheduled for 11.30pm.

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Un particular Indian Wells

The contest, which is played in parallel between the ATP and the WTA, and returned to the circuit after a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, In its current edition it does not have the five winners that are still active: the Swiss Roger Federer, the Spanish Rafael Nadal, Juan Martín del Potro and the Austrian Dominic Thiem, all injured, plus the Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number 1 who decided to rest after losing the US Open final last month.

The big attraction in the box is the Russian Daniil Medvedev (2nd), recent champion of the US Open who has a great chance to win the tournament and move Djokovic from the top of the ranking, although he will have to deal with strong rivals such as Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd) and German Alexander Zverev (4th). ).

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Friday’s results

Men – first round

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) defeated Denis Kudla (USA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/0)
Brandon Nakashima (USA) a Federico Coria (ARG) 6-3, 6-2
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) a Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2)
John Millman (AUS) and Jack Sock (USA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Gianluca Mager (ITA) to Martin Fucsovics (HUN) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Kevin Anderson (RSA) a Jordan Thompson (AUS) 7-5, 6-2
Andy Murray (SCO) a Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-3, 6-2
Jenson Brooksby (USA) to Cem Ilkel (ENG) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Albert Ramos (ESP) a Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 6-1, 6-3
Christopher Eubanks (USA) a Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 6-3, 6-3
Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) a Dominik Koepfer (GER) 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-0
Emilio Gómez (ECU) a Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 6-3, 6-1
Ernesto Escobedo (USA) bt Holger Rune (DEN) 6-4, 6-1
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) to Pablo Andújar (ESP) 7-5, 6-4
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) and Daniel Galán (COL) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3
Pedro Martínez (ESP) to Roberto Marcora (ITA) 6-4, 6-0

Women – Second round

Petra Kvitova (CZE / N.7) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-2, 6-2
Victoria Azarenka (BLR / N.27) to Magda Linette (POL) 7-5, 3-0 and abandonment Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) to Emma Raducanu (GBR / N.17) 6-2, 6-4
Simona Halep (RUM / N.11) a Marta Kostyuk (UKR) 7-6 (7/2), 6-1
Jasmine Paolini (ITA) to Elise Mertens (BEL / N.14) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Jessica Pegula (USA/N.19) a Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2, 6-3
Sorana Cirstea (RUM / N.32) and Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-2, 6-3
Elina Svitolina (UKR / N.4) and Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-2, 7-5
Shelby Rogers (USA) and Kristína Kucová (SVK) 6-2, 6-2
Irina Begu (RUM) and Jil Teichmann (SUI / N.31) 7-5, 6-1
Leylah Fernandez (CAN/N.23) a Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-2, 6-3
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS/N.9) a Madison Keys (USA) 6-3, 6-1
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) a Elena Rybakina (KAZ / N.13) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT / N.24) and Su-Wei Hsieh (TWN) 6-3, 6-0
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS / N.25) to Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) 6-2, 6-3
​Iga Swiatek (POL/N.2) a Petra Martic (CRO) 6-1, 6-3

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