British professional tennis player Emma Raducanu suffers loss in 1st Round.
New York: British professional tennis player Emma Raducanu’s defense of her surprising 2021 U.S. Open championship has ended with a first-round loss to Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet. she will abruptly return to the ranks after a first round defeat to French veteran Alize Cornet.
Raducanu has crashed out of the US Open after a 6-3, 6-3 first round loss in the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Raducanu is only the third woman to lose her opening match in New York a year after winning the title.
Raducanu captivated the sporting world when she became the first qualifier to claim a Grand Slam title, winning 10 matches in New York without dropping a set, catapulting her career into the stratosphere and making her one of the most marketable athletes on the planet.
Twelve months ago Raducanu arrived at her opening match an unknown with no expectations or pressure but on Tuesday the 19-year-old sometimes appeared to be carrying the weight of world on her slender shoulders.
Not only was Raducanu defending her one and only title but a massive 2,040 of her 2,756 ranking points and with those gone the world number 11 will drop out of the top 70.
Raducanu got the contest off to a positive start breaking Cornet at the first opportunity but the crafty French veteran, making a record 63rd consecutive Grand Slam appearance, would immediately break back.
The others were 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.
Raducanu dealt with blisters on her racket-holding right hand and took a medical timeout after the first set for treatment from a trainer.
She also was simply outplayed by Cornet, a 32-year-old from France who ended Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak at Wimbledon.