Raducanu suffers another injury in homecoming with Wimbledon looming
Emma Raducanu returned to the Nottingham Open last week, 12 months after making her WTA Tour debut at the event as a wildcard, where she lost in the first round to Harriet Dart. She was back to play her first professional match on home soil, this time as the British No 1 and US Open champion, but her homecoming lasted just 33 minutes and seven games as she was forced to retire 3-4 down to Viktorija Golubic.
The 19-year-old had suffered a sudden side injury as early as the first point of the match and received three rounds of treatment before retiring from the match. She has since pulled out of this week’s Rothesay Classic in Birmingham but expects to be back in time for Eastbourne and Wimbledon.
“I definitely tried to get through it. But, in the second game, I called the physio on and, the first changeover, she was trying to do some work. But, from there, even she was like, ‘This is going to be really difficult for you to continue’,” Raducanu said after the match.