Raducanu lost 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, ending her 10-match winning streak that began in New York.
Emma Radukanu went down to earth in her first tournament after her surprise victory at the US Open, losing in sets to Alexandra Sasnovic at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday 8 October 2021.
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Raducanu lost 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, ending her 10-match winning streak that began in New York. She received a wild card for the ATP / WTA Joint Tournament in the Southern California Desert.
Sasnovich, 27, of Belarus, ranked 100th in the world, reached the doubles semi-finals at the US Open last month, while Radukanu had a stunning run from qualifying to champion at age 18.
Sasnovich got serve breaks to lead 3-1 and 5-2 and close the set in 30 minutes without losing the serve.
Raducanu took the lead 4: 2 in the second set. But Sasnovic shot for the fifth time and took 5: 4 ahead of the match. Sasnovic won 53% of her second innings, while Raducanu only 29%.
Former No. 1 men’s Andy Murray and runner-up Leyla Fernandez, runner-up, played in the night games.
It took Iga Svyatek just 71 minutes to beat Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3.
The last time the tournament was held in 2019, Svetek lost in qualifying. She is now the No. 2 seeded and 2020 French Open champion.
Sviatek won nine of the first 10 games against Martic before the Polish star broke twice and lost 0-3 in the second set. Svyatek got together to win the next six games and close the match.
“In 2019, I didn’t play as confidently, but I’m really happy that times have changed now,” Svyatek said. “In the second set I lost my concentration for one game and it broke me pretty quickly, so I knew. I just had to keep going and not stop a second time. “
Seed No. 4 Elina Svitolina beat Teresa Martinova 6: 2, 7: 5. The ninth seeded Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1.
Seeds # 11 Simona Halep beat Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1.
Victoria Azarenka pushed ahead when Magda Lynette was eliminated 7-5, 3-0. Shelby Rogers defeated Kristina Kutsova 6: 2, 6: 2.
Among the men, Americans Jenson Brooksby and Ernesto Escobedo won their first round matches. Brooksby beat Cem Ilkel 7-6 (5), 6-4, while Escobedo beat Holger Rune 6-4, 6-1.