Playing in his first match since the Flushing Meadows win, 18-year-old Radukanu won the opening game but then struggled against world number 100 Sasnovi.
Nu told reporters after the 10-match winning streak ended.
“I didn’t put any pressure on myself to go into the match because in my mind I am very inexperienced. I am 18 years old. I need to loosen myself up a bit.
“You can tell she was more experienced than me and she went there and executed her game plan better than me.”
Sasnovi hit 17 victors and 9 unforced errors, while Radukanu had 31 unforced errors.
“I really enjoy playing here,” said Sasnovich, who now faces Simona Halep. “Emma just won the US Open and I lost there in the first round. So it was a little different.”
Radukanu won the US Open in an extraordinary run that didn’t miss a set.
Radukanu said she is now looking for a more experienced coach and has worked with LTA women’s senior national coach Jeremy Bates at Indian Wells.
“Jeremy is part of women’s tennis in the LTA, so he’s helping me while he’s here,” Radukanu said.
“Going forward, I’m just going to wait and try to find the right person.”
Raducanu became the first qualifier – male or female – to win a Grand Slam title, entering the tournament ranked 150th in the world.
“I’m glad that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson,” Radukanu said. “She has more experience than me. She’s gone 4-2 hundreds of times.
“It’s my third WTA tournament this year. Just don’t rush it and get your head back on the drawing board.”
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