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Brit Emma Raducanu is sad to leave the US Open but also admits she is ‘happy’ after leaving the first round as the ‘target will be a bit off her’ with the former champion now that she is set to fall back to 80th in the world ranking
- Emma Raducanu drops in the world ranking after leaving the US Open
- The 19-year-old was knocked out in the first round by the French Alize Cornet
- Raducanu was defeated in straight sets despite winning the US Open last year
- She was disappointed with the loss, but relieved that she had ‘the target off her back’
Emma Raducanu has admitted she doesn’t mind falling from the world tennis rankings after her exit from the US Open.
Just like in the first round, the Briton, who defended her title last year, was defeated by 32-year-old Alize Cornet in straight sets.
Due to the result, Raducanu is expected to drop to 80th place in the world tennis ranking.
Emma Raducanu drops to about 80th in the world tennis ranking after her defeat
Raducanu admitted she won’t drop halfway through the rankings if it takes the target off her back
However, the 19-year-old, despite being disappointed to be eliminated, Raducanu doesn’t mind taking a step out of the firing line to climb back up the rankings.
She said: ‘Of course it’s very disappointing, I’m really sad to leave here. It’s probably my favorite tournament.
“But in a way I’m happy too, because it’s a blank slate. I’m going to bring the rankings down. Climb my way back up. The target will be a little off my back.
‘I have done a very good job, especially in the last six weeks.
Raducanu (pictured) failed to defend her US Open title when she was knocked out by Alize Cornet
“I’m just looking forward to consistently putting more of those weeks together, then we’ll see what happens.
“With perspective, actually I haven’t had a bad year as a 19-year-old. To be top 100, if you told me a year ago, I’d take it.”
Raducanu was warmly received by the fans when she was welcomed at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Alize Cornet (pictured) handled the wind better than Emma Raducanu
The 32-year-old Frenchwoman is participating in her 32nd consecutive Grand Slam
Windy conditions had an impact on the game, however, as there were nine double faults, but France’s Cornet coped better to take the win.
Cornet competed in her 32nd consecutive Grand Slam, the longest run currently going on, and was one of the toughest first-round opponents Raducanu could have faced.
She revealed in January that she is considering retiring, but has since decided to push it back to the French Open next year.
Raducanu admitted that she found the conditions difficult to deal with, saying, “It was quite windy. It was quite difficult for me, especially to find my ball.
Raducanu suffered from blisters and had to have one taped at the end of the opening set
“I think I hit a lot of long serves. I just struggled to really adjust to it.
“It’s something that both players have to deal with. She just handled it better than I did today.’
The 19-year-old struggled again with blisters on her fingers as she had to undergo a medical timeout to have one taped off at the end of the opening set.
“I’ve had blisters in the United States for the past few weeks,” she said. “But I think it just has to do with humidity and stuff. I have a new one. But you stick it up and move it. It’s a blister. There’s not much you can do about it.’