The 21-year-old tennis player experienced her first-round exit of the season in four tournaments, displaying a subpar performance. Despite showing some promising performances upon her return to the WTA Tour, she struggles to secure consecutive victories.
Raducanu has no upcoming tournaments in the next few weeks of February and could potentially return at the next Indian Wells, scheduled between March 6-17. However, she hopes to receive a wild card since her ranking won't be sufficient for direct entry.
Emma Raducanu criticised after attending glamorous opening in Dubai days before Qatar Open thrashing by Anhelina Kalinina
The former world No. 10 acknowledged that the match's timing affected her and that she still needs time to readjust to the schedule: “It was a combination of things. It was my first day-match I have played in a year. That is different,” Raducanu said.
"I just struggled with the timing of the ball. It will come with more time practicing as well as matches. It is hard for me to get used to the tour schedule,” she added.
However, fan criticisms were relentless in what has arguably been Raducanu's worst match in the early stages of 2024. Here are some comments from fans on social media: