Emma Radukano admitted she had “no idea” if she would be fit for Wimbledon when the US Open champion was forced to retire from the Nottingham Open on Tuesday. Raducanu needed a medical timeout in the early stages of his first-round clash with Switzerland’s Victoria Golubic after the injury. The 19-year-old British man underwent treatment on his left side and took painkillers in an attempt to move forward, but was trailed 4-3 in the first set and had to be sent off after just 33 minutes. This is the third time Raducanu has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury since she took to the field with her stunning US Open win in September last year.
World No. 11 was also ruled out of matches in Guadalajara in February and Rome in May due to injuries.
Raducanu is due to play in Birmingham next week, but he has “no idea” whether she will be ready for Wimbledon, with the Grass Court Grand Slam starting June 27.
“I feel like I’ve pulled something. I’m not really sure what happened. A completely bizarre injury. I don’t know what I could have done about it,” Radukano said.
“I need a scan first. I’m not going to Google Doctor myself. I’ll get it checked. Then we’ll see.”
“I have no idea (about Wimbledon). It just got caught and went into the spasm and then it’s really bad for a few days. I can’t diagnose myself. I’ll check it out.”
The latest retirement will raise more questions about Raducanu’s fitness as he continues to struggle with the physical demands of life on the WTA Tour.
Raducanu, who made his WTA debut in Nottingham 12 months ago, has not won more than two matches in a tournament since his illustrious journey from the qualifying round to the US Open title.
“It’s just a shame. I’m clearly disappointed and it’s really unfortunate,” Raducanu said.
“It’s out of my control, but right now I can only focus on what I’m doing and I think I’m doing a great job.
“I just need to believe that it will come and that it is happening for a reason and I am exactly where I need to be.”
In his first match on British soil after this astonishing victory at Flushing Meadows, signs of distress were initially present as Radukano was seen accompanying him in the opening game of the match.
The first round of her treatment came on the first change of the end and although she managed to open the 3-1 lead, it was clear that she was in pain and after losing three games in a row she was called to time.
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