Emma Raducanu says that she’s going to practice training outside more in order to bounce back from her Qatar Open disappointment.
The British star was drawn against world no.30 Anhelina Kalinina in the first round of the competition, but fell to a 6-0 7-6(8-6) defeat as she suffered another early exit.
Despite battling hard in the second set, the collapse in the first set by the 21-year-old was a cause for concern for the former US Open champion, who admitted that she has work to do to improve.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Raducanu said: “I felt like I never really got into it. I think it’s 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.
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“When the tennis isn’t there, you have to at least try to fight and I think I did that in the second set.”
She continued: “I think I was struggling with everything today – forehand, backhand. It was one of those days.
“I think it was hard because she had a really good backhand. Even if you went line, you had to make sure it was a really good shot because otherwise, she’d take you off cross-court.
“I just struggled with the timing of the ball to be honest. I think it’s going to come with more time practising as well as matches.”