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‘The goal is off my again!’ Emma Raducanu sees constructive from US Open defeat

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Emma Raducanu’s defence of the US Open fell on the first hurdle (Image: Getty)

Emma Raducanu was eager to emphasize the positives after her US Open defence fell on the first hurdle as she suffered a straight units defeat in opposition to Alize Cornet.

A yr on from her astonishing breakthrough success, it was a unique story altogether for the British teenager who arrived at Flushing Meadows with the highlight firmly mounted on her.

The 19-year-old was handed the hardest potential first spherical opponent within the form of Cornet and the wily Frenchwoman used all of her expertise to navigate her option to a 6-3 6-3 victory.

As a consequence, Raducanu, who was affected by the blisters that hampered her emotional follow session on Friday, will drop to 80 on the earth rankings which she claimed will supply a semblance of reduction.

She stated: ‘Clearly it’s actually disappointing, I’m actually unhappy to depart right here. It’s most likely my favorite match.

‘But additionally in a means I’m comfortable as a result of it’s a clear slate. I’m going to drop down the rankings. Climb my means again up. The goal might be off my again barely.

‘I’ve been performing some actually good work within the final six weeks particularly. I’m simply trying ahead to placing extra of these weeks collectively constantly, then we’ll see what occurs.

Emma Raducanu struggled with blisters throughout her first spherical defeat on the US Open (Image: Getty)

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‘With perspective, truly as a 19-year-old, I’ve had not a foul yr. To be prime 100, in case you instructed me {that a} yr in the past, I’d take it.’

Relegated to Louis Armstrong Court docket with Naomi Osaka given the primetime night slot on Arthur Ashe, Raducanu struggled to cope with the blustery situations which badly affected her serve.

Raducanu took confidence final yr from run of outcomes previous to arriving in New York and had the liberty to swing freely however this season has been troublesome, with niggling accidents and wins laborious to return by. The assuredness that marked her recreation 12 months in the past simply was not there.

Emma Raducanu held serve solely twice all through the match in opposition to Alize Cornet (Image: Getty)

She held serve solely twice all through the match and misplaced the final 5 video games from 3-1 up within the second set.

Raducanu admitted she discovered the situations difficult, saying: ‘It was fairly windy. It was fairly troublesome for me, particularly to search out my ball toss. I feel I used to be hitting various serves lengthy. I simply struggled to adapt to it actually.

‘It’s one thing that each gamers must cope with. She simply handled it higher than me as we speak.’

The Brit once more struggled with blisters, taking a medical time-out to have her finger taped on the finish of the opening set.

‘I’ve been getting some blisters all through the weeks within the States,’ she stated. ‘However I feel that’s simply right down to humidity and stuff. I received a brand new one. However you tape it up and transfer on it. It’s a blister. Not a lot you are able to do about it.’

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