Top-ranked British male player Dan Evans came to the defence of Emma Raducanu following her surprise Indian Wells Masters defeat.
Raducanu, who became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam after beating Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final, returned to action on Friday in Indian Wells.
All the eyes were on Raducanu, who suffered a 6-2 6-4 loss to world No. 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
“You know, I watched a bit. I think, obviously not to speak indiscriminately, that I don’t know what she’s going through, and that there are so many other things that she probably had to do after the US Open. Tennis was probably not her priority, it’s not her fault, it wasn’t the only thing she had to do, so it was difficult. Like she said, it was kind of a good feeling to get rid of this match, and it’s probably true, isn’t it, now she’s going to be able to come back to the normal world and prepare for the next tournament,” Evans said of Raducanu, per We Love Tennis.
Raducanu gave credit to Sasnovich for delivering a good performance
“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 after the loss.
“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.”