Dan Evans names main reason for Emma Raducanu’s Indian Wells exit – ‘It was difficult’

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Dan Evans has given his verdict on fellow British No 1 Emma Raducanu’s early loss in Indian Wells. The 18-year-made an unsuccessful return to the match court as she lost to world No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first match since her historic triumph at the US Open.

Raducanu made history last month when she won three qualifying matches and seven main-draw matches to secure the US Open title, becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam.

The win propelled her up the rankings from world No 150, and she now sits at No 21 in the world while also being the WTA British No 1.

Less than a month later, she made her hotly-anticipated return to competition in Indian Wells, the 1000-point event often dubbed the ‘fifth Grand Slam’ but looked flat in the slow conditions of the Californian desert as Sasnovich beat her 6-2 6-4.

Now, her ATP counterpart for top-ranked Briton has given his reasoning for Raducanu’s disappointing defeat in her first match since her unprecedented run in Flushing Meadows, saying he thought she had a lot of distractions in recent weeks.

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“You know, I watched a little bit,” ATP British No 1 Dan Evans said, speaking of Raducanu’s match against Sasnovich.

“I mean, I think, obviously without speaking out of turn, I would not know what she’s going through, and I think, you know, there are so many other things she’s probably got to do right now after the US Open commitments that, you know, tennis probably wasn’t, not her own fault, wasn’t her only thing which she had to do, so it was difficult.”

As the Bromley local is currently making the transition to life on the pro tour, she is also having to adjust with her newfound levels of superstardom.

Following her US Open win, she has attended the exclusive Met Gala as well as a London Fashion Week party and the recent James Bond premiere in London, having become a household name almost overnight.

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Evans, who came from a set down to beat former world No 4 Nishikori in his own Indian Wells opener, added: “I think she said, I think I read somewhere that she said it was sort of a good feeling to get that match out of the way, and that’s probably true, isn’t it, that she’ll now, you know, start getting back to a bit of normality where she can play and, you know, get ready for the next tournament.

“So, yeah, I think I wouldn’t know too much about what she’s going through. A better question for Andy [Murray], I guess.”

Following her loss to the Belarusian on Friday (October 8), Raducanu told reporters: “Yeah, I’m kind of glad that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson.

So going forward, yeah, I’ll just have more experienced banked.”

Evans was also asked about Raducanu’s current coaching situation, after the 18-year-old announced her decision to part ways with Andrew Richardson – the man she worked with during her historic win in New York – less than two weeks after the conclusion of the US Open.

The world No 21 is yet to find a full-time coach, and sought guidance from LTA coach Jeremy Bates while in Indian Wells, who himself was in California to coach fellow Brit Katie Boulder.

Evans, who has previously played without his own coach in the past, said: “Yeah, it’s not easy obviously. But then, you know, I have seen this week she had Batesy here. She had I think a hitter. She’s got the right people to be able to do the right things at the tournament. So it’s no issues really with that.

“She’s got the personnel, which maybe it’s different people, but at the tournament she’s got people.

“If she needs to hit, she needs to feed balls, that’s no issue, where that was my biggest issue is that I didn’t even have someone with me.

“So, you know, obviously the coaching thing will be sorted soon, I guess. Then, you know, hopefully might be a bit of a longer partnership.”
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