US Open champion Radocano upset in Indian Wells. Murray wins
Emma Radocano went down to earth in her first tournament since her surprise US Open victory, losing in straight sets to Alexandra Sasnovic at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night.
Raducanu lost 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, ending her 10-game winning streak that began in New York. She got a wild card in a combined ATP and WTA tournament in the Southern California desert.
This was the fifth Raducanu Tour event since its WTA Tour debut in June.
“I am happy that what happened today happened so that I can learn and take it as a lesson, so from now on I will have more banking experience,” she said.
Former world number one Andy Murray beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-2 in his first wild card match. Murray fired five aces and tied 82% of his first serve against the left-wing Frenchman. Murray converted three of the six break points; Mannarino failed on his one chance to break.
Leila Fernandez, who lost to Radocano in the US Open final, defeated Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-3. Fernandes converted 5 of her 9 break points and hit 71% of her second serve.
The 27-year-old from Belarus, ranked 100th in the world, reached the doubles semi-finals last month at the US Open as Raducanu completed an impressive streak of qualifying for the champion at the age of 18.
“Emma just won the US Open and lost there in the first round, so it was a little different,” Sasnovich said.
Sasnovic took breaks to lead 3-1, 5-2 and finish the set in 30 minutes without ever dropping a serve.
Radocano advanced in the second set, leading 4-2. But Sasnovic broke for the fifth time and led 5-4 before being knocked out of the match. Sasnovic won 53% of her second serve compared to just 29% for Radocano.
“I’m still new to everything,” said Radocano. “The experiences I’ve had now, while I may not be 100 percent surprised at the moment, know they are for the greater good.”
Sasnovic advanced to play 11th seed Simona Halep in the third round. Halep defeated Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1.
Iga Swiatek needed just 71 minutes to lead Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3.
The last time the tournament was held in 2019, Swiatek lost in the playoffs. Now, she is the No. 2 seeded and 2020 French Open champion.
Swiatek won nine of his first 10 matches against Martic before the Polish star broke twice and trailed 0-3 in the second set. Swiatek rushed to win the next six matches and wrap up the match.
“In 2019, I wasn’t playing with that confidence, but I’m really glad times have changed now,” Swiatek said. “In the second set, I lost focus in one game and it broke me really fast, so I knew I had to keep playing and not stop for a second.”
4th seed Elina Svitolina defeated Teresa Martinova 6-2, 7-5. 7th seed Petra Kvitova beat Arantexa Ross 6-2, 6-2. The ninth seed Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova of the United States topped Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1.
Victoria Azarenka advanced by walking when leaving behind Magda Lynet 7-5, 3-0. Shelby Rogers defeated Christina Kokova 6-2, 6-2. 19th seed Jessica Pegula defeated Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-3.
On the men’s side, Americans Jenson Broxby and Ernesto Escobedo won their first-round matches. Broxby defeated Jim Elkel 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Escobedo defeated Holger Ron 6-4, 6-1.