Raducanu stunned by world number 100 in first match following US Open triumph

The
Belarussian,
who
is
currently
ranked
100th,
stunned
the
19-year-old
Briton
6-2
6-4
in
one
hour
and
25
minutes.

Raducanu
had
been
on
a
10-match
winning
streak
coming
into
her
maiden
Indian
Wells
campaign.

US
Open:
Fairytale
final
proves
tennis
is
in
good
hands
as
Raducanu
triumphs

“I’m
still
so
new
to
everything.
The
experiences
that
I’m
going
through
right
now,
even
though
I
might
not
feel
100
per
cent
amazing
right
now,
I
know
they’re
for
the
greater
good,”
Raducanu
said
after
the
defeat.

“I
mean,
I’m
18
years
old.
I
need
to
cut
myself
some
slack.”

Raducanu,
who
did
not
drop
a
set
during
her
US
Open
run,
appeared
in
control
early
after
winning
the
opening
six
points,
but
Sasnovich
claimed
the
first
break
in
the
third
game.

Unforced
errors
proved
costly
for
Raducanu
as
the
clean-striking
Sasnovich
capitalized
to
win
the
first
set,
before
opening
the
second
set
with
another
break.

Raducanu
responded
with
an
immediate
break
back
and
led
4-2
in
the
second
set,
before
the
Belarussian
hit
back
by
winning
the
next
four
games
to
topple
the
British
teenager.

“It
was
a
really
good
match
for
me.
I
play
really
well,”
Sasnovich
said.
“I
know
she
just
won
US
Open.
I
lost
there
in
the
first
round.
But
I
tried
to
go
on
court,
I
tried
to
enjoy.
I
did
everything
right.”


FORMER
WINNER
HALEP
PROGRESSES

Sasnovich
will
face
two-time
Grand
Slam
winner
Simona
Halep
in
the
third
round
after
the
Romanian
defeated
Marta
Kostyuk
7-6
(7-2)
6-1
in
one
hour
and
33
minutes.

The
11th
seed,
who
split
with
long-time
coach
Darren
Cahill
last
month
amid
an
injury-disrupted
year,
was
down
a
break
early
before
working
her
way
back
and
dominating
the
tiebreak.

Halep
broke
twice
in
a
more
controlled
second
set
to
claim
victory
in
her
10th
appearance
at
Indian
Wells.

“I
missed
a
lot
playing
tennis
at
this
level
this
year
because
I’ve
been
injured
and
many
months,
I
couldn’t
play
matches,”
said
Halep,
who
won
at
Indian
Wells
in
2015.
“I
came
here
a
little
more
aggressive
than
normal
and
I’m
trying
to
improve
my
game
and
myself.”


KVITOVA
CRUISES
AS
TOP
SEEDS
WIN

Two-time
major
winner
Petra
Kvitova
eased
into
the
last
32
with
a
6-2
6-2
triumph
over
Arantxa
Rus
from
the
Netherlands.

Seventh
seed
Kvitova
set
up
a
showdown
with
two-time
Australian
Open
champion
Victoria
Azarenka
after
she
beat
Magda
Linette
7-5
3-0
in
a
walkover.
Kvitova
leads
Azarenka
5-3
in
head-to-head
battles.

Second
seed
Iga
Swiatek
dominated
Croatian
Petra
Martic
6-1
6-3
to
seal
her
passage
into
the
third
round,
while
fourth
seed
Elina
Svitolina
got
past
Teresa
Martincova
6-2
7-5.

Beaten
2021
US
Open
finalist
Leylah
Fernandez
triumphed
over
experienced
Frenchwoman
Alize
Cornet
6-2
6-3
and
will
play
ninth
seed
Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova
in
the
third
round
after
she
easily
accounted
for
Madison
Keys
6-3
6-1.

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