Emma Raducanu told a press conference she ‘needs to cut herself some slack’ after losing to the world number 100 in her first match since she won the US Open and parted with her longtime coach Andrew Richardson.
The champion of New York turned out to be no queen of the desert at Indian Wells as she was soundly beaten on her first appearance since Flushing Meadows, going down 6-2 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open.
The jaunty and irrepressible air that Raducanu displayed during her astonishing Grand Slam victory appeared to be replaced by flat body language.
But the Kent teenager responded maturely to this setback against an opponent who had already experienced these sluggish conditions in the first round, reasoning: ‘You can easily get sucked into being so focused on the result and getting disappointed.
‘I mean, I’m 18 years old. I need to cut myself some slack.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mike Dickson and Katie Weston