Indian Wells: British number one Emma Raducanu stunned by Ashleigh Barty



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British number one Emma Raducanu says she needs to cut herself some “room for error” after suffering a shock first-round defeat at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The 24-year-old Scot lost 6-3 4-6 6-4 to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, ranked 43 places lower than her.

“I missed quite a few shots out there today – hopefully I learned from that and will learn to cut myself some room for error,” she said.

“I thought I had my chances. Maybe at least a 3-2-1 lead I missed a few balls.”

Raducanu’s first-round exit continues a miserable few months for British players in California.

Laura Robson, 23, was the last British player to win an event in the state, capturing the Sydney International in 2014.

She had been taking part in the Ladies’ Tennis Association’s first NextGen Series event in California, and has been granted wild cards for the Madrid Open, Italian Open and US Open in October.

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova both ruled out tournaments for British players in Las Vegas next week and the Cincinnati Open in September, citing money concerns.

Vernon Shaw is a wild card for the Cincinnati Masters, while Cameron Norrie has been awarded wild cards to both the US Open and Shanghai Masters this month.

BBC Sports Day on Monday will focus on how British tennis needs to do more to help our next generation make an impact on the Grand Slams.

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