Emma Raducanu shares thoughts after failing to defend US Open title

Raducanu’s US Open title defence ended with a first round defeat.

Emma Raducanu said it was “really disappointing” to lose in the US Open first round but added she is happy that she can now have “a clean state” and start all over again from the scratch. On Tuesday, Raducanu’s US Open title defence ended following a 6-3 6-3 first round loss to Alize Cornet.

Since winning the US Open a year ago, Raducanu has struggled with her game and results. Now that her US Open title defence is officially over, she is set to drop big in the rankings but will likely face less pressure and expectations.

“I think it was a pretty tough match against a really experienced player,” Raducanu said after the match. “[I’m] obviously disappointed to lose first round. Credit to Alize, she played pretty well. Obviously, really disappointing, really sad to leave here.

It’s probably my favourite tournament. But also, in a way, I’m happy because it’s a clean slate. I’m going to drop down the rankings. Climb my way back up. In a way, the target will be off my back slightly. I just have another chance to claw my way back up there.

I’ve been doing some really good work in the last six weeks especially. I’m just looking forward to putting more of those weeks together consistently, then we’ll see what happens.”

Raducanu happy about the experience

For the first time in her career, Raducanu returned to a tournament as the defending champion.

Going forward, Raducanu noted she wants to win tournaments, no matter which level it is. “[As the] US Open defending champion, obviously, it would have been great to defend the title. But I kind of want new experiences.

In a way, I’ve kind of done that so I want another tournament,” Raducanu added. Since Raducanu is set for a big ranking drop, she won’t be a seeded player anymore at the majority of tournaments. It remains to be seen how will Raducanu respond in the rest of the season.

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