Emma Raducanu admits she was ‘struggling with EVERYTHING’ during Qatar Open first-round defeat – and is ‘finding it hard to get used to the tour schedule’ again after her injury return

  • Emma Raducanu lost 6-0, 7-6 to Anhelina Kalinina in the Qatar Open first round

Emma Raducanu admitted she is struggling with her game and needs to plan her schedule better after crashing out of the Qatar Open in the first round.

The 21-year-old squandered set point in a second-set tiebreaker as she lost 6-0, 7-6 to Anhelina Kalinina.

“I struggled with everything – serve, return, forehand, backhand,” Raducanu told Sky Sports.

“I felt like I never really got into it.”

Raducanu was given a wild card into the first WTA 1000 event of the season in Doha, but slipped to a fourth defeat in seven matches since returning from injury.

Emma Raducanu admitted she needs to plan her tennis schedule better after another loss

Emma Raducanu admitted she needs to plan her tennis schedule better after another loss

Raducanu lost 6-0, 7-6 against Anhelina Kalinina in the first round of the Qatar Open on Monday.

Raducanu lost 6-0, 7-6 against Anhelina Kalinina in the first round of the Qatar Open on Monday.

The British no. 7 rallied in the second set against Ukraine’s Kalinina after a one-sided first set, which lasted just over half an hour.

Raducanu saved two match points at 6-5 down in the second set to force a tiebreaker and was one point away from the match while leading that 6-5.

The Briton hit 48 unforced errors compared to 22 by the world number 40, who will next play eighth seed Jelena Ostapenko.

“It was a combination of things,” Raducanu said. ‘It was my first day game I’ve played in a year. It is different.

‘I need to exercise a bit more outside. The lights, conditions, shadows…it’s really hard to see the ball, I found towards the end.

“If my tennis is not there, I have to at least try to fight and I did that in the second set.”

The 21-year-old Brit admits that she needs to plan her tour schedule better after reflection

The 21-year-old Brit admits that she needs to plan her tour schedule better after reflection

Raducanu said she will now return home after consecutive weeks on tour, after reaching the last 16 of the Abu Dhabi Open. But she said she needs to work out which tournaments to play.

“I just struggled with the timing of the ball,” she said. “It will come with more time for training as well as matches.

‘It’s hard for me to get used to the tour schedule. It is immediately one tournament and then another.

“I need to schedule my tournaments a little better and try to get more matches under my belt.”