“Take It as a Lesson”: Emma Raducanu Remains Positive After Indian Wells 2021 R2 Loss

Published 10/09/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


18-year-old US Open champion Emma Raducanu faced an upset in her first-ever match in WTA 1000 Indian Wells tournament. She lost against 27-year-old Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets 2-6, 4-6. However, instead of feeling dejected because of the loss, the teenager took it as a learning lesson.

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Unquestionably, there were a lot of expectations from the Great Britain star. But playing for the first time after her US Open success, Raducanu couldn’t manage to pull off a similar feat in the desert. Nevertheless, she stayed in every single game even though she failed to maintain a lead against Sasnovich.

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What’s more, the scoreline does not reveal the chances the teenager lost in the match. But she has accepted the loss graciously and is looking forward to improving as she moves ahead.

Emma Raducanu on her Indian Wells 2021 R2 loss

First and foremost, Emma Raducanu acknowledged her inexperience on the WTA Tour. Indeed, even though she did win the US Open title, every new day and tournament in tennis is a different challenge.

“I’m still very, very new to the tour. Experience just comes from playing week in, week out and experiencing all these different things,” Raducanu said.

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) reacts after losing a point to Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

What’s interesting is that the 18-year-old saw the loss as a crucial step in her growth. Raducanu also hopes that she will now have more experience in the coming tournaments on the WTA Tour.

“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,” Raducanu concluded.

Unfortunately, Raducanu also missed out on a dream matchup in the next round. Now, it is Sasnovich who will play two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in the third round.

What’s next for Raducanu after the Indian Wells 2021 loss?

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After the loss, Raducanu might also have lost the opportunity to qualify for the year-ending WTA Finals. However, she could still try to find a way and make it into the Top 8 of the year.

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) hits a shot against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, learning from this match, the 18-year-old will play more confidently in the upcoming tournaments. Nonetheless, Raducanu is one of the most promising future champions of the WTA.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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