Emma Raducanu’s fairytale of New York is over

British tennis star eyes a ‘clean slate’ after US Open title defence ends at first hurdle

Emma Raducanu congratulates Alize Cornet after the first-round match in New York
Emma Raducanu congratulates Alize Cornet after the first-round match in New York
(Image credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

When Emma Raducanu wowed the tennis world by winning the US Open as a qualifier in 2021 the British star played ten matches and did not drop a single set on the way to her maiden grand slam title. Fast forward 12 months, however, there was not going to be another fairytale of New York for the 19-year-old. Raducanu’s title defence ended at the first hurdle after she lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to Alize Cornet in the first round this morning.

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Mike Starling is the former digital features editor at The Week. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.