NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Raducanu’s defense of her 2021 U.S. Open championship has ended with a first-round loss to Alizé Cornet.
Their match in Louis Armstrong Stadium ended with a 6-3, 6-3 score.
Raducanu is only the third woman to lose her opening match in New York a year after winning the title.
The others were 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.
Raducanu dealt with blisters on her racket-holding right hand and took a medical timeout after the first set for treatment from a trainer.
She also was simply outplayed by Cornet, a 32-year-old from France who ended Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak at Wimbledon.