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US Open champion Raducanu crashes out of Australian Open

US Open champion Raducanu crashes out of Australian Open

Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round Thursday as she struggled with blisters on her hand so bad that some of her team had urged her not to play, reports AFP. The 19-year-old, making her debut at Melbourne Park, looked on track when she raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening set against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic. But the 17th seed then lost five games in a row and needed a medical timeout for treatment on her right, racquet hand, and said afterwards that the blisters were so bad she had only been able to practise backhands. Despite battling back she couldn’t stop 98th-ranked Kovinic winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena. “I was struggling with my hand before the match. There were some people in my team that maybe didn’t want me to play, but I wanted to go out there and fight through it, see how far I could get,” said the Briton. Raducanu added that she had suffered from blisters before on her hand “but never this bad”.