Emma Raducanu retires at Nottingham Open with injury

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The 19-year-old played against the 29-year-old Swiss tennis player Viktorija Golubic and had her coach on the court right from the first substitution and was eventually eliminated on the court after just 33 minutes.

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Raducanu was kicked out of the second round of the French Open by Aliaksandra Sasnovich and had hoped Nottingham would offer grass court practice ahead of Wimbledon later in June.

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The young tennis star made his debut on the WTA Tour at the Nottingham Open in 2021 and made headlines after reaching the last 16 of Wimbledon before later becoming the first-ever qualifier to win the US Open in September.

Given her current injury status, concerns have been raised over whether the world No. 12 will be able to attend the All Lawn Tennis Club later this month.

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What is Emma Raducanu’s injury?

At the first change of game, Raducanu called down their coach for a stomach ache.

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The second seed of the tournament had her serve broken immediately, but she fought back to break her opponent’s serve but was seen clinging to her left side in pain mid-rally.

She continued through the next few games only to continue to be treated by her physiotherapist during the allotted substitution times.

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After her third round of treatment, Raducanu spoke to the referee and ended the match.

World No. 55 Golubic will advance straight to the second round where she will face off against Heather Watson.

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Golubic said after the game: “I’m a bit shocked. I’m still in my match focus bubble. I didn’t expect this to happen. I am very sorry for Emma, ​​I was looking forward to a really tough challenge.

“This Center Court is so beautiful, I really wanted to stay there. Unfortunately it had to end like this. It’s not a pretty ending (for Emma). Hopefully she recovers.”

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What did Maria Sakkari say about Raducanu?

Raducanu has faced many struggles in terms of form and injuries, but Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari rushed to Raducanu’s defense, saying she needed time to adjust to life on the WTA Tour.

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Speaking to the PA news agency, Sakkar said: “I don’t really know her well but people don’t give her enough credit. She played well. It’s not easy when you rule out the US Open, she’s 19. It takes time.

“The level in WTA is very, very high, so it will take time for them and any young player to get used to the level.

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“She had a three-week tournament in New York and I think what she’s doing now is the right thing. It took me a lot of time because my breakthrough came later than other players. Everyone has different times to break through. It took me two or three years to get used to the tour – it always takes time.”

When is Wimbledon?

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Wimbledon starts on Monday 27th June 2022 and ends with the finals on Saturday 9th July and Saturday 10th July 2022.

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