Emma Raducanu: British No 1 defeated in opening match of year at Sydney Classic

The British No 1 fell in straight-sets to Elena Rybakina at the Ken Rosewall Arena; the loss hinders the 19-year-old’s preparations for her first Australian Open; the draw for the Grand Slam takes place on Thursday, with matches starting on Monday

Last Updated: 11/01/22 10:43am

Emma Raducanu struggled to compete with the power of Elena Rybakina

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.

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.

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

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