Emma Raducanu says she will train outside more in order to bounce back from her disappointment at the Qatar Open.
The British star faced world number 30 Anhelina Kalinina in the first round of the competition, but lost 6-0 7-6 (8-6) as she suffered another early elimination.
Despite putting up a tough fight in the second set, the 21-year-old’s opening set collapse was a source of concern for the former US Open champion, who admitted she had work to do at do to improve.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Raducanu said: “I felt like I never really got into it. I think it’s a combination of things.
“It’s like my first game of the day, I think I’ve been playing for a year, so it’s different.
“Honestly, I think I need to practice a little more outside because it’s very different and also the light, the conditions, the shadows – it’s really difficult to see the ball, I discovered towards the end.
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“When the tennis is not there, you have to at least try to fight and I think I did that in the second set.”
She continued: “I think I struggled with everything today – forehand, backhand. It was one of those days.
“I think it was difficult because she had a very good backhand. Even if you went in line, you had to make sure it was a really good shot or she would take you off the court.
“To be honest, I just struggled with the timing of the ball. I think that will come with more time training as well as playing.