‘A long way to go’: Raducanu out of French Open after defeat to Sasnovich

Valuable learning curve that is Emma Raducanu’s 2022 season continued on Wednesday

The mid-match drop of intensity was enough for the 19-year-old to lose momentum

Aliaksandra Sasnovich as she fell 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the second round at Roland Garros.

The defeat against the world No 47 means that after five months of the season,

Raducanu moves on to the grass court swing with just two wins against top-50 players this year,

Higher-ranked opponents are slowly beginning to target the weaknesses in her game.

Raducanu cut a positive figure as she explained in her press conference how she has come to terms with losing

I know exactly where I went wrong, where I can improve, where other people are better than me.

The pair arrived on Court Suzanne Lenglen to clear blue skies and a dry heat,

Sasnovich fed Raducanu’s backhand too frequently and she paid a significant price.

Raducanu said at the beginning of the tournament that, as she had not played a professional match on clay before this season,