Emma Raducanu falls in first match since US Open triumph

Emma Raducanu stumbled in her first match since winning the US Open last month, falling 6-2 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the Indian Wells tennis tournament on Friday. The 18-year-old British sensation had an aura of invincibility at Flushing Meadows, where the tournament qualifier did not drop a set in 10 matches en route to a stunning maiden Grand Slam title.

But it was a different story under the lights on the stadium court in the Southern California desert on Friday as Raducanu struggled with her accuracy and her energy level. Unforced errors piled as the night wore on and she never exuded the on-court joy that was a hallmark of her breakthrough despite a supportive crowd.