Emma Raducanu said she is “sorry” for losing in the final of the Indian Wells tournament Sunday, an upset that came two weeks after she made a historic run to the U.S. Open semifinals.
The Russian/American 12th seed, who had won seven straight matches in Indian Wells, lost 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4 to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
Raducanu was 23rd in the WTA rankings going into the tournament and was expected to reach a final, but said she is disappointed she came up short.
“Obviously I was a little bit disappointed but I’m really happy and very proud of all the players and all the play and emotions, the matches and everything that I experienced in the last couple of weeks,” she said. “It was great, and I’m looking forward to coming back to Indian Wells in the future.”
Despite a significant effort, Raducanu could not get by Kvitova, who earned $1.96 million for the win and needed 1 hour, 38 minutes to prevail.
It was Kvitova’s eighth career WTA title and only the third in the United States. She has also won in Acapulco, Osaka, Spain and Carlsbad.
“So many years I was at Indian Wells and never made the final, so now, you know, I’m going to try to win, and that’s what I’m going to work on the next couple of days,” she said.
Kvitova was treated at the end of the second set after injuring her hand, which has been surgically repaired numerous times, but said there were no limitations in her game.
“It’s nothing,” she said. “I had the win and I’m happy, so that’s it.”
— Jason Gay