Former world No. 1 Simona Halep was asked to give thoughts on Emma Raducanu but she couldn't tell much. Raducanu, 18, captured her maiden Grand Slam title at this past US Open after winning 10 matches to become the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Major.
In her first match since winning the US Open, world No. 22 Raducanu suffered a loss at the Indian Wells Masters as Aliaksandra Sasnovich shocked the Briton 6-2 6-4. Halep, 30, had been one of the best players on the Tour for years before finally winning her maiden Grand Slam at the French Open in 2018.
“It's difficult for me to do an analysis. In my case, it took me a long time to win my first Grand Slam, I had won other tournaments before but it is of course not comparable to a Slam. So I can't give my opinion too much.
From my personal experience, I think you have to be very careful after such a big victory because being so young you don't have that experience of winning big titles. In Emma's case, it's even the first title of her career.
Either way, you won't know exactly what a player of this age feels like to win such a tournament," Halep said. per We Love Tennis.
Halep made a positive start in Indian Wells
Halep, now ranked at No. 19 in the world, saw off Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2) 6-1 in her opener at the tournament.
"Always when I come back here, I feel great. It's really nice to be healthy again and to compete at this level. Playing in October here, it's so special," Halep said after the match, per the WTA website. "I missed a lot playing tennis at this level this year because I've been injured and many months, I couldn't play matches.
I came here a little more aggressive than normal and I'm trying to improve my game and myself. My attitude was not great but I'm going to keep working and it's just a pleasure to be back and to win a match at Indian Wells."