Emma Raducanu has ‘no idea’ whether she will play at Wimbledon after a strange injury Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu said on Tuesday she had “no idea” whether she was fit for Wimbledon in time this month after an “extra injury” forced her to withdraw from the Rothesay Open at Nottingham just 36 minutes after her first-round match against Victoria Golubic.

Raducanu took a three-minute injury time after the third game, in which she held her service to take a 2-1 lead. The early signs were that her problem had been resolved, as she immediately broke the Golubic service for the second time, but her opponent reeled the next three games while Raducanu received further attention from the physique at each change.

She barely moved towards Golubic’s return at the start of her fourth serve match, lost it with a weak handshake into the net and told the referee she couldn’t last a few moments later.

“First match, absolute madness,” Raducanu said later. “I think I pulled something. I’m not really sure exactly what happened, I don’t know what I could do about it. I need to get a scan, probably I’ll check it out and we’ll see from there. It’s on the side of my body, it feels maybe around my ribs.

“One shot in the first game, I was like, this doesn’t feel right at all. Then I thought, first game, if you do something in the first game, people will be like, why did you go out on the court?

“So I certainly tried to get through it, but in the second game I called on the physics at the first transition to try and get some work done, but from there, even she thought this was going to be really hard for you. Go on.”

Raducanu does not believe her latest injury has anything to do with a problem with her back earlier in the year, but said it meant she “could only do anything” on the court.

“You don’t want to stop after one or two games and I tried to fight through it, and I found myself 3-1 as well,” she said. “At that point, I knew it was only a matter of time before I was honest. I clearly could not serve and because of where the place was [of the injury] is, I had to move it for everything, turn, move, serve, inhale and exhale. ”

It was a miserable conclusion to Raducanu’s return to Nottingham, the tournament in which she launched her professional career 12 months ago.

Emma Raducanu said she had a hard time serving after the
Emma Raducanu said she had a hard time serving after the “extra injury” she suffered in the first round at Nottingham. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe / Shutterstock

Her first-round defeat of Harriet Dart here in 2021 offered no hint of what was to come, as Raducanu reached the fourth round at Wimbledon a few weeks later ahead of her extraordinary 10-match winning run to the. championship at the US Open in September, when she became the first qualifier to win a grand slam event in the open era.

Raducanu has suffered several injuries since her victory in New York City including blisters and a back problem, while she also contracted Covid-19 in December. She has an entry in the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham next week, with Wimbledon starting on 27 June.

“I didn’t think of that [Birmingham]”Honestly,” she said. “I literally came out of court, coming out the way I did. I’m not exactly thinking about next week right away.

“I try to keep that positive mindset that I had, and I prepared very well for this tournament. I felt good and comfortable, and I think that even when I was out there, there were some signs that I was happy enough, playing more aggressively and stuff, so it’s just a shame.

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“I am just happy to be free. It’s really bad luck because I feel like I’ve done a really good job and sometimes you just want to take a break or something, and I really didn’t. That’s out of my control, but I feel like now, all I can do is do what I’m doing and I’m doing a lot of good work. I just need to trust that. ”

There was better news, meanwhile, for Andy Murray who started his campaign at the Boss Open in Stuttgart with a win over Australian Christopher O’Connell.

The two-time Wimbledon champion lost in the semi-finals of the second-tier Challenger event in Surbiton last week and went to Germany to continue his grassland season. Murray lost the first three games against qualifier O’Connell but recovered strongly to claim a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

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