US Open champ Raducanu loses in 2 sets at Indian Wells
Sasnovich won 53 of her second serves to just 29 for Raducanu.Former mens No. 1 Andy Murray and U.S. Open runner-up Leyla Fernandez played night matches.Iga Swiatek needed just 71 minutes to dispatch Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3.The last time the tournament was played in 2019, Swiatek lost in qualifying.
Raducanu lost 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, ending her 10-match winning streak that began in New York. She received a wild-card into the combined ATP and WTA tournament in the Southern California desert.
Sasnovich, a 27-year-old from Belarus ranked 100th in the world, reached the doubles semifinals last month at the U.S. Open while Raducanu was completing a stunning run from qualifier to champion at age 18.
Sasnovich got service breaks to take leads of 3-1 and 5-2 and close out the set in 30 minutes without ever losing her serve.
''In 2019, I wasn’t playing that confident, but I’m really happy that times have changed now,'' Swiatek said. ''In the second set, I lost focus for one game and she broke me pretty fast, so I knew I just had to keep going and not stop for a second time.'' No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina beat Tereza Martineova 6-2, 7-5. Ninth-seeded Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova topped Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1.
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