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After an injury scare caused her to quit from the Rothesay Open in Nottingham after 36 minutes of her first-round match versus Viktorija Golubic, Emma Raducanu revealed on Tuesday that she had “no idea” if she would be fit in time for Wimbledon later this month.
After the third game, Raducanu took a three-minute injury timeout after holding her serve to take a 2-1 lead. After that, her opponent reeled off three consecutive games while Raducanu received additional attention from the physio at every change. The early signs appeared that her problem had been resolved, as she immediately broke the Golubic serve for the second time. However, her opponent reeled off the next three games while Raducanu received additional attention from the physio at every change.
At the start of her fourth service game, she barely moved towards Golubic’s return, lost it with a poor forehand into the net, and informed the umpire that she would be unable to continue a few moments later.
Raducanu believes her latest injury has nothing to do with a back issue she had earlier this year, but she stated she “couldn’t do anything” on the court.
Raducanu’s return to Nottingham, where she began her professional career a year ago, ended.
Raducanu’s first-round loss to Harriet Dart in 2021 gave little indication of what was to come. Nevertheless, she advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon a few weeks later before winning the US Open in September, being the first qualifier to do so in the open era.
Raducanu has suffered from blisters and a back ailment since her victory in New York and contracted Covid-19 in December. However, she has a spot in next week’s Rothesay Classic in Birmingham, and Wimbledon starts on June 27.