Emma Raducanu suffered a second-round defeat at the French Open (Picture: Getty)
Raducanu, 19, looked in fine form as she took the first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3.
But Belarussian 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 rose to fame at last year’s US Open, has lost in the second round in her two Grand Slams since the stunning win in New York.
‘I thought that it was a pretty long match, pretty physical as well. I think my opponent played pretty well throughout, and didn’t make any errors,’ Raducanu said after her Paris exit.
‘But yeah, I think that it was a long match for me, but the whole clay season has been pretty positive overall, I would say.’
Raducanu said she expected to suffer first-round defeats in all four tournaments she played leading up to the French Open, but she returned five wins from nine matches from her first season on clay.
The US Open champion was beaten by Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Picture: AFP)
‘I think I definitely got stronger as the clay season went on,’ 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 that much.
‘I definitely learnt when to use the shape and stuff. I’ve still got quite a long way to go on this surface, but overall, I would say I definitely had a good first experience on the clay. I think I can definitely improve too.’
Raducanu insists her first full season on the WTA tour will be a learning experience and says developing on and off the court is more important than results.
‘I think this year was always going to be challenging for me to adjust, find my feet,’ Raducanu said. ‘It’s going to be a lot more familiar this time around.
‘I feel like in the last 12 months I have definitely grown a lot. On and off the court I feel like I have probably improved how much I fight.
‘I think that’s one of my biggest strengths and even more so this year, and it’s definitely opened my eyes to just how good everyone is and how much depth there is in the game.
‘I think that it has been a pretty positive year just because I have learnt so much, and I think that the amount of learning that I have done outweighs any sort of result, to be honest.’
Raducanu will now turn her attentions to the grass-court season and a return to Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round last summer before retiring due to medical reasons.
‘It’s going to be really nice to go home and play on home turf, on the home grass,’ she added.
‘It is going to be a little bit strange in the beginning, because I have played on clay court for so long now, I feel like it’s been weeks.
‘I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at home, and just to get all that support. Last year I experienced a little taste of it, but I feel like this year might be even more. I’m just really looking forward to the atmosphere that’s going to be around.’
Raducanu’s defeat means there are no British women left in the singles draw, with Heather Watson and Harriet Dart losing in the first round.
In better news for the Brits, Cameron Norrie became the first British singles player to reach this year’s third round when he beat Australia’s Jason Kubler in straight sets.
British number two Dan Evans, 32, will look to join Norrie in the next round when he faces Sweden’s Mikael Ymer on Thursday.
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