'Harsh lesson': Emma Raducanu's huge Aus Open worry in ugly thrashing

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Emma Raducanu (pictured) waves to the crowd after her Sydney Classic loss.
Emma Raducanu (pictured) suffered a thrashing in her first match of 2022 at the Sydney Classic. (Getty Images)

The tennis world has rallied around teen US Open winner Emma Raducanu after she was thumped in her return to tennis at the Sydney Tennis Classic ahead of the Australian Open.

Raducanu, 19, was playing her first competitive match in 2022, but looked far from her confident best as she only just managed avoid a double bagel in a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing at the hands of World No.13 Elena Ryabinka.

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The Brit suffered from serving troubles and was comprehensively outplayed as Ryabinka continued her strong form, which saw her lose to World No.1 Ash Barty in the Adelaide International final.

The loss was a blow to Raducanu's preparations for the January 17-30 Australian Open, having withdrawn from the warm-up event in Melbourne last week following a positive test for Covid-19.

Raducanu remained upbeat after the loss and said she wasn't too worried about the result.

“I think I’ll brush this off," she said following the loss.

"Yesterday was pretty much my 2nd time playing competitive points for two months. I’m confident that I can brush it off and keep going and keep working.”

Tennis world rallies around Emma Raducanu

While Raducanu may have catapulted to superstardom after her Wimbledon and US Open campaigns in 2021, many forget she is still a teenager.

The tennis world was quick to defend the youngster and claim she is still a novice on Tour and is learning as she travels around the world.

Fellow Briton Andy Murray had an easier time against Norwegian qualifier Viktor Durasovic, cruising to a 6-3, 6-1 win in the ATP 250 tournament at the same venue.

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