Qatar Open: Emma Raducanu knocked out in first round by Anhelina Kalinina – Sky Sports

Emma Raducanu was beaten in straight sets by Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina; the Brit lost an opening-round match for the first time in 2024 following her comeback from injury;watch over 80 tournaments a year, including the US Open, exclusively live on Sky Sports Tennis

Emma Raducanu paid the price for a slow start as she suffered a disappointing 6-0 7-6 defeat to Anhelina Kalinina in the first round of the Qatar Open.

The Brit was completely out of sorts in a first set that lasted just 22 minutes, but drastically improved her level in a far more competitive second.

Raducanu showed great spirit to save two match points with Kalinina serving to seal the contest at 6-5, but would then miss a set point chance of her own in the tie-break before ultimately losing it 8-6.

It’s the first time in the four tournaments that Raducanu has played since making her comeback in January after eight months out injured that the 21-year-old has made an opening-round exit.

Raducanu said she ‘struggled with everything’ during her opening-round defeat at the Qatar Open.

“I think I was struggling with everything, serve, return, forehand, backhand,” Raducanu told Sky Sports.

“To be honest I felt like I never really got into it. I think it was a combination of things. It’s like my first day match I think I’ve played in a year, so that’s different.

“Honestly, I think I need to practice training outside a bit more because it’s very different and also the light, conditions, shadows – it’s really hard to kind of see the ball, I found towards the end.

Raducanu began to found her rhythm early in the second set

“When the tennis isn’t there, you have to at least try to fight and I think I did that in the second set.”

Kalinina, the world No 30, who has now won both of her WTA Tour meetings with Raducanu, will face eighth seed Jelena Ostapenko in the second round in Doha.

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