Emma Raducanu loses first match of year in 55 minutes to Elena Rybakina
The Guardian says Over the course of her first full season as a full-time professional on the WTA tour, Emma Raducanu will come to experience all too much frustration and disappointment as she adjusts to life on the road. In Sydney, in her opening tournament of the season, Raducanu endured her first experience of such emotions as she was dismantled 6-0, 6-1 by Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in 55 minutes.
Afterwards, while Raducanu swiftly complimented her opponent, she explained her expectations had been low. She was still only just finding her way back after testing positive for Covid in December. She said she had not played for 21 days in total since then and had only just started to play points. She had already withdrawn from what should have been her first tournament of the year in Melbourne.
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