Raducanu loses to Kovinic, exits Australian Open 2022

Emma Raducanu is out of the Australian Open after losing 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 to Danka Kovinic.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu is knocked out of the Australian Open.   -  REUTERS

U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to Danka Kovinic in the second round of the Australian Open.

Raducanu won the U.S. Open as a qualifier last September in just her second main draw appearance at a major.

The 19-year-old Raducanu entered the Australian Open as the 17th seed. She beat 2017 U.S. Open champion, Sloane Stephens, in the first round.

But after going up a double break early, Raducanu had treatment for what appeared to be blisters on her right hand and then dropped four of the next five games to lose the set.

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She rallied to level the match in the second but again needed treatment on her hand before the third set.

No. 98-ranked Kovinic had two match points on serve and, after Raducanu saved one with a big forehand winner, closed it out with a backhand winner down the line to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

After the win, Kovinic said: "It was a really nice experience to play Emma here and make the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time after many years.

"I didn't see the second round, I wanted to get through my first round and it was regular preparation. Emma has had amazing results, winning a Grand Slam at such a young age. She is an amazing talent.

"I was a little bit low in my energy through the third set so I tried to focus on myself, not show much emotion and save my energy."

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