Raducanu loses to Cobinic at the Australian Open


Melbourne — British teen tennis star Emma Raducanu couldn’t find a solution to her latest Grand Slam puzzle on Thursday.

The 17th seed, who won the qualifying at the US Open last year and gained fame without losing the set, clenched his teeth from discomfort to continue the fight in a tense clash, but 6–4 4–6 6–3. I fell into defeat.

19-year-old Raducanu defeated former US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round, raising the Grand Slam’s main draw record from three events to an incredible 11–1 but the first. Treatment was needed after the fifth game of the set.

When taped her hand, she couldn’t provide normal baseline power and relied on slicing virtually every forehand.

Incredibly, she turned the shots chosen by many club hackers into weapons, and it seemed that the 98th-ranked Cobinic didn’t know how to handle it.

However, 27-year-old Montene Gran dominated the decisive set and showed great calm to move to the third round of the Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

Montenegro Danca Cobinic
Danca Cobinic of Montenegro will react during the second round of the Australian Open Tennis Championships against Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom on January 20, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Lauren Elliott / Reuters)

Raducanu was still smiling while congratulating his opponent online. The defeat is stabbed like her blisters for a while, but she regrets a little and looks back and sees the match as part of her steep learning curve.

She also knows that there are tricky sliced ​​forehand options for emergencies.

“I had a hard time before the match. Some people on my team didn’t want me to play, but I wanted to get out there and get over it,” Raducanu said. Said.

“I thought it was a pretty good learning experience for me. I found a tool I didn’t know about myself and my game before. I could get some positive points from this match as well. increase.”

There were few signs of a problem as Raducanu fired at the Margaret Court Arena on a warm night, defeating his opponent’s serve twice and leading 3-0.

However, Cobinic quickly settled down, playing the next two games and starting to hit the ball with a threat.

At the time of the switch, Raducanu, who played only one match in the build-up to the open and lost a lot of it, demanded a medical time out to treat the blisters and tape them.

It clearly hindered her, especially in the forehand, and Covinic led 5–3 in the next three games. Raducanu was able to defeat Saab again, but Covinic replied to take the opening set immediately.

Oddly enough, Covinic continued to hit Raducanu’s backhand side in the second set, dropping a 4–4 serve when the match became the deciding factor and becoming even tighter.

Despite blisters and inexperience, Raducanu seemed like a favorite when the third set began.

However, Cobinic digged deeper to hit forward with an aggressive blow at the start of the Decider, and Raducanu looked tired when he slid down to 2-5.

Covinic played the match 5–3 and saw one matchpoint disappear when Raducanu belted the forehand winner, but she converted the second matchpoint with a great backhand. did.

“I was confused about what was happening when she changed the game a bit,” Cobinick said.

“When I started to focus on my game, I felt calm again and things got better.”

Martin Herrmann

Reuters

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