Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk beat the failed 18-year-old 6-2 6-1 in less than an hour at the WTA 250 event in Cluj-Napoca, with the Briton committing 41 unforced errors during the game.
“I didn’t feel 100% physically. I was pretty tired and lethargic today. Sometimes you just have those days when you don’t feel your best,” Raducanu told reporters. “I knew from the morning, I knew from training.
“I wanted to get out there and do my best and see how it was going, maybe it would be better. But I just couldn’t do it today, unfortunately.
“It’s just disappointing that you have these days. It’s not a nice feeling to have, but I just need to move on and get rid of it. And then I’ll be back soon. in another tournament. “
Raducanu won the Flushing Meadows title in September as a qualifier and after the grand slam announced that she would no longer work with former Davis Cup player Andrew Richardson.
The Briton said “things are improving so things are going in the right direction” with her search for a new coach.
Raducanu won his first two games on the WTA tour this week and is set to play his final tournament of the season Nov 6-12 at Upper Austria Ladies Linz.
“I think it’s only the last six months,” she said. “It’s been a lot of learning and I’ve been through a lot over the past six months with few shortcomings.
“I’m just adjusting to the hectic life of the tour and obviously still very new, so it’s still going to take me a while to adjust.
“After Linz I’ll probably have a week off just to reset myself and (be) mentally and physically fresh for the tough preseason. This will be my first and from what I’ve heard is four very difficult weeks physically. “