Emma Raducanu: British number one defeated in the opening match of the year at the Sydney Classic | Tennis news

Emma Raducanu: British number one defeated in the opening match of the year at the Sydney Classic |  Tennis news

Emma Raducanu struggled to compete with the power of Elena Rybakina

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  • Last Updated: 11/01/22 10:48am

  • Emma Raducanu has lost her first match of the year 6-0 6-1 against Elena Rybakina at the Sydney Classic.

The British No 1 was playing her first competitive contest under new head coach Torben Beltz, who she appointed in November.

Rybakina quickly hit back though and despite Raducanu settling slightly, she had left far too much to do.

After losing the opening nine games in succession, the 19-year-old got on the board in the 10th game and punched the air in delight.

Raducanu was due to play at last week’s Melbourne Summer Set. However she put back her competitive return due to her recovery from Covid-19 having hindered her lead into the 2022 season.

In contrast, Rybakina was match-ready having progressed into the final of the Adelaide International and only being halted by the world No 1 Ashleigh Barty.

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