British number one Emma Raducanu is out of the French Open after a 3-6 6-1 6-1 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round
The 19-year-old’s first professional visit to the French Open ended in disappointment when she was beaten by world number 47 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in her second round after a promising start.
Raducanu was unable to take any of five breakpoints in a pivotal third game in the decider, Sasnovich breaking in the next to enable her to win.
Recall that the 12th seed has lost in the second round in her two Grand Slams since the win in New York last year. And her exit means there are no British women left in the singles draw, with Heather Watson and Harriet Dart losing in the first round.
The former top 30 player who led Belarus to the Billie Jean King Cup final in 2017, after falling out of the top 100, has rebounded well this year, halving her ranking to her current spot at No 47.
“It was a very tough match. After the first set, I didn’t think that I could win,” Sasnovic said on court.
“So, I just played it point by point and to get the win, in the end, means I’m very happy.
“I tried to play more aggressive tennis in the second set and mentally I was ready just to play it point by point. I love the French public and I hope next time that they will support me!”