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Smiling Raducanu avoids complete humiliation but still gets beaten by his Kazakh rival (VIDEO) – RT Sport News

British teenager Emma Raducanu gave herself a smile as she avoided whitewashing, but still suffered a big loss to Russian-born Kazakh star Elena Rybakina at the Sydney International.

Raducanu, 19, was returning to competition for the first time in 2022, but suffered a straight set loss at the hands of powerful Rybakina in less than an hour at the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.

The Briton was dominated 6-0 6-1 by her ninth-seeded opponent in just 55 minutes of play.

Raducanu at least avoided the ultimate tennis ignominy of a 6-0 6-0 loss – known as the “double bagel” – by scoring a match in the second set, which made her smile wryly. and pumping the fist in the direction. of his team.

But it was nevertheless an infuriating way to start the season for Raducanu less than a week before the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The girl surprised the world in the last Grand Slam last year when she came out of qualifying to win the US Open, becoming the first British woman in 44 years to win a major singles title.

Since then, Raducanu has experienced a steep learning curve as she aims to cement her status among the female elite while being celebrated as a national heroine in the UK and being awarded lucrative sponsorship deals.

Known for her big shots, world number 13 Rybakina taught her another lesson on Tuesday, though some spectators defended Raducanu saying the match provided the kind of power she had yet to experience in her fledgling career. .

Others attempted to present the unbalanced defeat as a natural part of the development process for Canada-born Raducanu, noting that her triumph at the US Open was a unique upheaval.

Raducanu’s end of year was disrupted by a positive Covid test which saw her withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Dubai in December – a result which also saw the teenager withdraw from the Melbourne Summer Set Down Under season opening event as she felt it was again “too early” return.

Tuesday’s comeback and heavy loss was Raducanu’s first game under new coach Torben Beltz, and the German is hoping he and his manager can turn things around quickly enough for the teenager to make inroads into the game. Australian Open.

Rybakina, 22, will face France’s Caroline Garcia in the round of 16 in Sydney.

The Moscow star got off to a good start until 2022 after reaching the final at the Adelaide International last weekend, where she was beaten by home favorite and world number one Ash Barty.

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