Emma Raducanu, who made a dream run to the U.S. Open title final yr, suffered a nightmare 6-3 6-3 first spherical loss to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet on Tuesday because the clock lastly struck midnight on an inconceivable tennis fairytale.
The eleventh seeded Briton turns into the primary defending U.S. Open champion to lose within the first spherical since Germany’s Angelique Kerber in 2017.
Raducanu captivated the sporting world when she grew to become the primary qualifier to say a Grand Slam title, profitable 10 matches in New York with out dropping a set, catapulting her profession into the stratosphere and making her one of the marketable athletes on the planet.
Twelve months in the past Raducanu arrived at her opening match an unknown with no expectations or stress however on Tuesday the 19-year-old generally seemed to be carrying the burden of world on her slender shoulders.
Not solely was Raducanu defending her one and solely title however an enormous 2,040 of her 2,756 rating factors and with these gone the world quantity 11 will drop out of the highest 70.
Raducanu obtained the competition off to a constructive begin breaking Cornet on the first alternative however the artful French veteran, making a file 63rd consecutive Grand Slam look, would instantly break again.
The 2 gamers would commerce breaks a second time earlier than Cornet would break the younger Briton a 3rd time to get in entrance 5-3 and maintain serve to safe the 1-0 lead.
It was the primary set taken from Raducanu at Flushing Meadows however not the final.
The duty in entrance of Raducanu grew to become a bit tougher after she known as for the coach between units to take care of blisters on her proper hand.
When Cornet broke to open the second the troubles mounted.
However the Briton would reply with a break of her personal and a second to go up 3-1.
With the gang at Louis Armstrong courtroom in Raducanu’s nook, the competition appeared headed for a decisive third set till Cornet shifted gears sweeping the subsequent 5 video games to seal the victory.