Emma Raducanu can’t win for losing in Indian Wells, can she?

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Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon recaps Emma Raducanu’s sudden exit in Indian Wells.

When they say that revenge is a dish best served cold, they mean that revenge is most effective when it’s unexpected.

Well, you could probably say that Emma Raducanu is full today. Because all appearances point to her having been served quite a helping full of cold food last week in Indian Wells.

Here’s the part where you throw your hands up in the air and ask us just what it is we’re talking about. You wouldn’t be wrong. You’ll forgive the odd and awkward opening, but what we’re basically saying is that Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat the US Open champion 6-2 and 6-4 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open. It felt like all of women’s tennis avenging their losses at the US Open and soundly beating Raducanu.

And we’re here to talk about it.

A tough return to tennis

We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but it’s been quite a few whirlwind weeks for the defending US Open champion. She won the whole dang thing in Flushing Meadows, for one thing! That in and of itself would be big for someone like Novak Djokovic, let alone an 18-year-old who had barely ever played on the WTA Tour before she caught fire for two weeks.

Following the US Open win, the British player split from the coach, Andrew Richardson, who had guided her to the major title. She was, she said, in no rush to appoint a new coach for the sake of appointing one, but specified that she wanted someone with experience at the highest level.

Since she was in no rush, Raducanu arrived in Indian Wells at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open with no coach.

She leaves the California desert with still no coach and, now, having lost a match.

The match in question, coming in the first round against the 27-year-old Sasnovich, was not close at all. The No. 100-ranked Belarusian won 13 more points, doubled up the British…



Source : tennisconnected

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