On Tuesday, U.S. Open winner Emma Raducanu was defeated 6-0, 6-1 at the Sydney Tennis Classic by in-form 9th seed Elena Rybakina. Raducanu, who was playing her initial match of the season, was thoroughly outplayed in the first set by her Kazakh opponent, who took full advantage of her weak serve, which also included 4 double faults.
Rybakina, who finished second to Ash Barty at the Adelaide International last Sunday, maintained her pace in the 2nd set and won in just under an hour. For more of the latest Singapore news in the world of tennis and sports, read on.
After losing 6-0, 6-1 at the Sydney International to Elena Rybakina on Tuesday, US Open winner Emma Raducanu’s warm-up competition for the Australian Open lasted barely 55 minutes.
Raducanu, a 19-year-old Romanian qualifier, stunned the tennis scene by winning the US Open in September. It definitely made the Singapore news headlines.
This week’s Sydney Tennis Classic was her final opportunity to get some match preparation ahead of the Australian Open before she was forced to withdraw from the Melbourne Summer Set competition because of her recovery from COVID-19.
Nevertheless, Rybakina, the runner-up at the Adelaide International to Ashleigh Barty the week before, blew her off the court. With a 1.80-meter height advantage, Rybakina outclassed Raducanu in every way.
Before her opponent finally held service, Rybakina had won the opening 3 matches of the 2nd set without losing a single game in her blistering first-set performance. However, it was only a brief respite, as Rybakina went on to win the following three games to solidify her position as the clear leader.
It was a rough start
In her first match after COVD, gold medalist Belinda Bencic admitted that she felt a little bit bumpy, as she continued her streak for the Australian Open with a moderate win. Bencic is preparing for the Australian Open.
If you missed the many SG news popping recently, the 24-year-old Swiss qualifier beat Beatriz Haddad Maia, a Brazilian qualifier, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the second round.
The 1st Grand Slam of 2022 begins on Monday, and Bencic, who has been diagnosed COVID in mid-December following her appearance in an Abu Dhabi exhibition, said she hasn’t been at her best.
The following round will feature a matchup with Oceane Dodin of France. Dodin defeated Mexican specialist (doubles) Giuliana Olmos 6-4, 6-1 after being the lucky loser in qualifying. Also, Elise Mertens (world number 20) beat Fiona Ferro of France 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) in the first round.
Belgian Daria Kasatkina is the next opponent for the Belgian. Caroline Garcia of France defeated Jessica Pegula, placed 22 spots below Mertens, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3). Andy Murray thrashed Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 6-1 for only 71 minutes to reach the second round of the men’s competition.
Following the news today in Singapore, Murray was awarded a wildcard this week and was unable to overcome Durasovic, who committed 23 unforced mistakes to Murray’s seven.
With his ranking down to 135, the Scotsman was also handed a wildcard to next week’s Australian Open, in which he has finished second five times in his career. It gave him confidence going into the Open after his performance against Durasovic, he remarked.
It could have ended up differently
Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, and Ajla Tomljanovic both advanced to the second round of the 2022 tournament with 6-3 6-2 victories against Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.
Bencic, who is hoping to win her first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open, overcame Haddad Maia 3 times in Melbourne (Ken Rosewall Arena). Anna Karolina Schmiedlova was beaten 6-2, 6-3 by World No. 45 Tomljanovic in the first round of the tournament.
Denis Kudla, the lucky loser from the United States, defeated Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-1, while Brandon Nakashima defeated Jiri Vesely, a Czech qualifier, 7-6(2), 7-6(2). (0).