Former world No. 7 Barbara Schett said she wasn't surprised by the fact that Emma Raducanu lost in Sydney but she was surprised that it was a demolition. Raducanu, who captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, suffered a 6-0 6-1 loss to Elena Rybakina in her first match of the season.
Raducanu has now lost her last three matches. “We all knew this was going to be a very difficult year for her,” Schett told Tennis365. “Then she plays her first match and she plays against someone who reached the final in Adelaide the week before and someone who hits the ball incredibly hard.
Then she gets beaten in less than an hour. It was a surprise to me that it was 6-0, 6-1, but it wasn’t a surprise to me that she lost."
Schett: 'Raducanu needs time'
Raducanu basically became a superstar overnight and one of the most talked about tennis players.
“Emma still needs to get used to the whole situation. Her life has changed completely and I have no doubt that she will have success in the future, but this is a year that she has to get used to being a Grand Slam champion and people looking at her, expecting a lot of her.
It is all a matter of experience and learning," Schett added. Schett believes Raducanu will have success in the future but she doesn't believe the 19-year-old is going to do major damage in her Australian Open debut.
“You have to give her a bit of time to settle down and I don’t think she is going to do major damage at the Australian Open,” she added. “With Emma, all of this was a susprise overnight (to win the US Open)," Schett explained. Raducanu was drawn to meet Sloane Stephens in her opener at Melbourne Park.