Emma Raducanu’s defence of her US Open title is over after Alize Cornet beat her in straight sets in the first round.
The British star lost 6-3, 6-3 at the New York tournament, extinguishing her hopes of repeating last year’s fairytale win.
Cornet made good use of her drop shot in particular to make quick work of Raducanu, who was seeded 11th.
It’s the first time she’s lost in the opening round of a grand slam.
The defeat and a demotion in the world rankings could make things trickier, as she faces being drawn against the top players at the start of future tournaments.
It was a tough opening match for Raducanu though.
France’s Cornet is ranked 40th in the world and has had a strong year, notably ending the 37-match winning run of world number one Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon.
Raducanu shot to fame a year ago after sensationally winning the 2021 US Open as a qualifier – but has struggled to get near those lofty heights since.
However, the Briton is only 19 years old and potentially has many more years to develop.
There was better news for other British players beginning their US Open campaigns on Tuesday, as Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans both reached the second round.
Norrie, the seventh seed, beat Benoit Paire 6-0 7-6 (7-1) 6-0, while Evans won 6-4 6-1 6-1 against Jiri Vesely.