18-year-old Raducanu played in her first game since her win at Flushing Meadows and won the opening game, but then struggled with the world’s No. 100 Sasnovich.
now told reporters after her 10-game winning streak came to an end.
“When I went into the game I didn’t put any pressure on myself because in my mind I’m so inexperienced. I’m 18 years old. I have to give myself some slack.
“You could tell she was more experienced than me and she went out and executed her game plan better than me.”
Sasnovich hit 17 winners and 9 unforced errors, while Raducanu committed 31 unforced errors.
“I really enjoy playing here,” said Sasnovich, who is now up against Simona Halep. “Emma just won the US Open and I lost in the first round there. So it was a little different.”
Raducanu won the US Open in an extraordinary series in which she didn’t drop a set.
Raducanu said she was now looking for a more experienced coach and at Indian Wells she worked with LTA senior national team coach Jeremy Bates.
“Jeremy is part of the women’s tennis team at the LTA, so while he’s here he’s helping me,” Raducanu said.
“Come on, I’m just going to wait and try to find the right person.”
Raducanu became the first ever qualifier — male or female — to win a grand slam title after coming in 150th in the world.
“I’m glad what happened today happened so I can learn from it and take it as a lesson,” Raducanu said. “She has more experience than me. She has been 4-2 down hundreds of times.
“It’s my third WTA tournament this year. I just shouldn’t rush it and get my head back to the drawing board.”