Indian Wells: WTA says female player was ‘given the benefit of the doubt’ by officials

Emma Raducanu lost to 25th seed Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round of the WTA tournament in Indian Wells

The WTA have said a female player told officials she needed to be “cut some slack” after being beaten in a first-round match at the season-opening event in Indian Wells.

Bulgarian 22-year-old Angelique Kerber crashed out of the tournament with defeat against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

The moment came when Rybarikova served for the match and Raducanu, losing in three sets, appeared to be heading for defeat.

A WTA spokesperson said the player was “given the benefit of the doubt”.

The news came out after Raducanu’s coach claimed the Czech was denied a penalty during the match.

Kerber, the former world number one, saved two match points in the third set but was unable to complete a comeback win, eventually losing 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-6 (8-6).

Kerber cried during her loss in the first round in California and blamed the loss on “a lack of experience in match situations”.

Raducanu has not qualified for the main draw of a grand slam since reaching the fourth round of the French Open in 2013.

It is not the first time the Bulgarian has been caught up in controversy after she was criticised for an injured kneecap during a warm-up match in Vancouver.

“I think it’s ok to be cut some slack,” Raducanu told the BBC last week in Canada, referring to the player in question, Swiss Ysaline Bonaventure.

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