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Emma Raducanu retires after struggling with her breathing against Ajla Tomljanovic
- Updated: July 6, 2021
Emma Raducanu’s brilliant Wimbledon run comes to an end in the fourth round as she is forced to withdraw during the second set of her clash with Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic after struggling with her breathing
Emma Raducanu’s remarkable story at Wimbledon came to an end after she was forced to retire from her match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
The teenage sensation has quickly become the story of the Championships, having only played one WTA Tour level match before this tournament.
But she was noticeably struggling to breathe having lost the opening set and, after consulting with the trainer and doctor, she took a medical timeout where it was deemed she could not continue.
Wimbledon confirmed late on Monday night that the reason for Raducanu’s retirement had been “difficulty breathing”.
“I am actually shocked because Emma must be hurt if she came to the decision to retire,” Tomljanovic said on court. “I am really sorry for her, I wish we could have finished it. I am wishing her all the best.
“I thought I found my groove although Emma was hurt and not at her best which kind of explains it.”
Two months ago Raducanu was sitting her A-Level exams and until a month ago she had not even contested a match on the main WTA Tour. In a whirlwind few days, 18-year-old Raducanu dumped out Vitalia Diatchenko, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova and 45th-ranked Romanian Sorana Cirstea.
Raducanu, who is ranked 338 in the world, was cheered on by a boisterous crowd under the roof of Court One and she made a composed start to the match.
Source: Sky Sports