Elena Rybakina explains decision to give walkover after dismantling Emma Raducanu

World No. 13 Elena Rybakina has been performing extremely at the start of the season but playing lots of matches early on in the season caused her some thigh problems. 

On Wednesday, Rybakina pulled out of her Sydney round-of-16 clash against Caroline Garcia. 

Rybakina kicked off her season in Adelaide last week, where she made the final before losing to Ashleigh Barty.

On Tuesday, Rybakina destroyed Emma Raducanu 6-0 6-1 in her Sydney opener. 

“Unfortunately, after playing a lot of tennis last week and then coming to Sydney and playing last night, my body has not recovered well and my thigh is causing me problems,” said Rybakina, per the WTA website. “I am sad to have to withdraw from my match today and wish everybody the best for the rest of the tournament.”

Rybakina put up a clinic against Raducanu

Rybakina claimed a total of five breaks and didn’t allow Raducanu a single break point en route to clinching a dominant win. 

Rybakina was extremely satisified with her serving performance against Raducanu.

“My serve is a weapon, so I’m always working on it and trying to find some variety,” said Rybakina in the on-court interview, as quoted on the WTA website. “For sure, it’s my game to play aggressive and my serve is helping a lot.”

On the other side, 2021 US Open champion Raducanu wasn’t happy with her serving performance and she went to the practice court shortly after losing to Adelaide runner-up Rybakina. 

“I definitely feel like today my first-serve percentage was pretty low and there was quite a few double faults scattered around,” Raducanu said. “I was just tidying that up and doing a few of those. And then a bit of movement, just getting a good feeling of the shape on the ball, and that was it really. I just wanted to tick everything over and leave with a good feeling about things.”

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