March 22nd 2023.
Emma Raducanu had been hoping to capitalize on her last-16 run at Indian Wells, however she has been ousted from the Miami Open in the first round after a 3-6 6-3 2-6 loss to Canada's Bianca Andreescu.
Andreescu ranks 41 places higher than Raducanu in the WTA rankings, making it a disheartening outcome for the British No.1 following her performance at Indian Wells where she defeated three players ranked higher than her.
Raducanu attained a world No.10 ranking last year but currently stands at world No.72 and was looking to gain significant ranking points in Miami, an WTA 1000 event and the second tournament of the Sunshine Double.
At the start of 2021, the 20-year-old stunned the tennis world by winning the US Open as a qualifier yet she still has to secure her second title on the WTA Tour amidst struggles with form and injury.
Shortly after teaming up with Andy Murray's former trainer Jez Green and coach Sebastian Sachs, she was displaying promising signs but her early Miami Open exit will be a psychological setback after a strong run at Indian Wells.
Raducanu only lost at Indian Wells after being pitted against the formidable world No.1 Iga Swiatek and she had vanquished 20th-seed Magda Linette and 13th-seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in California.
The young Brit will now concentrate on the clay-court season, which starts in April and culminates with the French Open – the second Grand Slam of 2023 – at the end of May.
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Many experts have predicted that Raducanu will become a top player in women's tennis on a regular basis and just yesterday, Chris Evert stated a return to the top-10 was 'definitely' within reach.
Monica Puig, in a statement last month, declared that Raducanu will win more major titles and it is 'just a matter of time'.
In her most recent Grand Slam outing, Raducanu endured a slender second-round defeat to Coco Gauff, who is currently world No.6.
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