Anne Keothavong: Emma Raducanu lacked fire in shock Indian Wells defeat

Former British No. 1 Anne Keothavong thought world No. 22 Emma Raducanu lacked fire during her Indian Wells Masters opener. 

Raducanu, who won the US Open as a qualifier, returned to action on Friday at the Indian Wells Masters. 

Raducanu entered the match as the favorite but she suffered a shock loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich as the Belarusian won 6-2 6-4.

“She got into a good position, she led 4-2 in the second set but played a terrible service game to allow Sasnovich back into it and never quite got a foothold. It was just error after error after error, the body language and the shoulders were slumped, not enough fire in Emma,” Keothavong said, per Tennis Up To Date.

Raducanu gave credit to Sasnovich 

Raducanu admitted that Sasnovich was the better player and vowed to learn from the defeat. 

“Aliaksandra played an extremely great match. You could tell she was more experienced than me, executed her game plan better than me and she deserved to win,” said Raducanu.

“You get sharp by playing matches and I’m not match tight right now. I’ve not played a competition in a month, since the US Open, and that (sharpness) will come by playing week in, week out.

“So what do I need to work on? I’ll probably go back and review the match, probably tomorrow and look at it with a clear head. From there I’ll be able to plan. It’s going to take me time to adjust to what is going on. I’m still so new to everything.

“The experiences I’m going through, I mean, I might not feel 100 per cent amazing right now but I know for the greater good and bigger picture, I’ll be thankful for this moment.

“That’s the lesson, you can so easily get sucked in by being so focused on the result and getting disappointed. But I’m 18 years old and need to cut myself some slack.”