At the BNP Paribas Open, both Simona Halep and Emma Raducanu were knocked out by a very determined Aliaksandra Sasnovich. While Halep fell in the third round, the teenager making her main-draw debut in Tennis Paradise took a, 6-2, 6-4, first-round loss to the Belarusian.

Halep and Raducanu are both Romanian, and the teen has expressed her admiration for the two-time major champion and even called her an idol. Therefore, during Halep's time in the California desert many Raducanu questions were asked and she didn't hesitate to weigh in and also offered advice to the young Grand Slam winner.

"She has to stay focused, because, many, many years ahead of tennis, so I'm sure that she will win more. But, yeah, will be a little bit tough when she feels the pressure, I think," Halep told press at Indian Wells.

There's no doubt following a historic campaign that things will no longer be the same for Raducanu. After winning 10 consecutive matches in New York to pick up her first major title she experienced a massive and exhilarating wave of fame. Her name was spoken far past the tennis world, she attended the Met Gala, received an exclusive look at the New York Stock Exchange and the list goes on.


With Grand Slam champion next to her name, she will be faced with bigger expectations but focus is key according to Halep.

"I won my first Grand Slam late. I won tournaments before, but you cannot compare that with the success of a Grand Slam.

"I cannot really talk about that, but I feel like from my experience that you have to be extra focused after those big successes, because you are so young and you don't really have experience on winning titles, because I think (US Open 2021) was the first title for Emma, and it was a Grand Slam."

Halep is set to compete in this week's Kremlin Cup in Russia and is slated to play Anastasia Potapova. Meanwhile, Raducanu decided to withdraw from the Moscow event.