World No. 13 Elena Rybakina was extremely satisfied with her serving performance against 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu.
Rybakina, who ended runner-up in Adelaide last week, demolished world No. 18 Raducanu 6-0 6-1 in her Sydney opener.
Rybakina, seeded at No. 9, claimed three breaks of serve in the first and didn’t allow Raducanu a single break point to win the opener on the most dominant way possible.
After easily winning the first set, Rybakina continued her run at the start of the second set as she took an early 3-0 lead.
Raducanu served out the fourth game to get on the board but lost her serve once again in the sixth game as Rybakina served out for the match in the seventh game.
“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.”
Raducanu hit the practice court
Shortly after the humiliating Rybakina defeat, Raducanu hit the practice court.
“After the match I got a box of balls and went straight to the practice court,” Raducanu said. “I felt like I could have done some things better in the match, and I wanted to try and fix it straightaway, just leave with a better feeling about it.”
Raducanu admitted she wasn’t happy with her serving performance.
“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.”
Raducanu enters the Australian Open on a three-match losing streak but she said she’s not concerned.