French Open: The British tennis star Emma Raducanu reacts to the early end

Emma Raducanu has suffered a second-round loss at the French Open

Emma Raducanu suffered a second-round loss at the French Open (Image: Getty)

British tennis star and US Open champion Emma Raducanu insists she can take positives from her French Open debut despite losing in the second round.

19-year-old Raducanu looked in fine form as she won the first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3.

But Belarusian Sasnovich dominated the next two sets, limiting Raducanu to just two more games and knocking her out of the second Grand Slam of the year.

Raducanu, who found fame at last year’s US Open, has lost in the second round of her two Grand Slams since the overwhelming win in New York.

“I thought it was quite a long match, quite physically too. I think my opponent played pretty well all the time and didn’t make any mistakes,” Raducanu said after her departure from Paris.

“But yeah I think it was a long game for me but the whole clay court season overall has been pretty positive I’d say.”

Raducanu said she expected to suffer first-round losses in all four tournaments she played before the French Open, but she has had five wins from nine games from her debut season on clay.

Britain's Emma Raducanu returns the ball to Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich during their women's singles match on day four of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at Suzanne-Lenglen court in Paris May 25, 2022. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON/AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

The US Open champion was beaten by Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Image: AFP)

“I think I’ve definitely gotten stronger over the course of the clay court season,” she added. “It just takes a lot more to win the point on this surface and if you hit the ball flat it doesn’t really do much.

“I definitely learned when to use the mold and stuff. I still have quite a long way to go on this surface, but overall I’d say I’ve definitely had a good first experience on the clay. I think I can definitely improve as well.”

Raducanu insists her first full season on the WTA Tour will be a learning experience, saying development on and off the pitch is more important than results.

“I think this year has always been a challenge for me to adapt and find my feet,” Raducanu said. “This time it will be much more familiar.

“I feel like I’ve definitely grown a lot in the last 12 months. On and off the pitch I feel like I’ve probably gotten better at how much I’m fighting.

“I think that’s one of my biggest strengths and even more so this year and it’s definitely opened my eyes to how good everyone is and the depth of the game.

“I think it’s been a pretty positive year just because I’ve learned so much and I think the amount of learning I’ve done outweighs any outcome to be honest.”

Raducanu will now turn her attention to the grass season and a return to Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round last summer before retiring on medical grounds.

“It’s going to be really nice to go home and play on the home turf,” she added.

“It will be a bit strange at first because I’ve been playing on clay for so long now that I feel like it’s been weeks.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at home and getting all that support. I got a little taste of that last year, but I have a feeling this year could be even more. I’m just really looking forward to the atmosphere that will be there.”

Raducanu’s defeat means there are no British women left in the singles draw as Heather Watson and Harriet Dart lost in the first round.

Better news for the Brits: Cameron Norrie became the first British singles player to reach this year’s third round when he defeated Australia’s Jason Kubler in straight sets.

Britain’s number two Dan Evans, 32, will look to join Norrie in the next round when he meets Sweden’s Mikael Ymer on Thursday.

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