After Alize Cornet defeated Emma Raducanu in straight sets, her defense of the US Open title is over.
The British star lost 6-3 to 6-3 in New York, ending her hopes of regaining last year’s fairytale victory.
Cornet used her drop shot to quickly take out Raducanu who was seeded 11th.
This is her first loss in the first round of a grand-slam.
She could be drawn against top players in future tournaments if she is defeated or demotionated in the world rankings.
Raducanu won the opening match, but it was tough.
France’s Cornet is currently ranked 40th worldwide. It has enjoyed a strong year that saw the end of the 37-match winning streak of Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon.
Raducanu rose to fame last year after qualifying for the 2021 US Open. However, he has not been able to reach those lofty heights since.
The Briton, however, is only 19 years of age and could still develop over the years.
Other British players who began their US Open campaigns Tuesday had better news. Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie both made it to the second round.
Benoit Paire was defeated by Norrie (7-6), 6-0 (7-1) 6-0; Evans beat Jiri Vesely 6-4 6-1 6-1