Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon hopes have been dashed after she was forced to withdraw from the Nottingham Open after 33 minutes on the court.
The British number one had her home supporters concerned when she called for a medical timeout just five minutes into her first match against Viktorija Golubic.
The 19-year-old was seemingly struggling with pain in her ribcage and required medical attention on the problem area.
Raducanu returned to the court but looked in clear discomfort as she tried to battle through the issue.
The world number 11 pulled out in the seventh game, giving her Swiss opponent a bye into the next round.
Raducanu injury woes continue
Injuries have really taken a toll on Raducanu recently and have seriously impacted her form.
Just last month she was forced to withdraw from the Italian Open in the first round due to a back injury.
She has also had problems with a blistered hand, which hampered her efforts at the Australian Open, and she struggled to adapt to her first season on clay, which resulted in her toenails falling off due to her feet “sliding around a lot” in her shoes.
Since winning the US Open, Raducanu has not made it past the quarter-final in any tournament so far. More recently, first and second round exits are becoming a regular occurrence for the Brit.
Wimbledon in doubt?
Raducanu made her WTA Tour debut this time last year at the Nottingham Open and went on to impress at Wimbledon, making her Grand Slam debut one to remember.
She was forced to pull out of the tournament in the fourth round due to breathing problems, leaving a lot of speculation over how far the teenager could have gone had she remained in the competition.
The Nottingham Open was Raducanu’s first warm-up tournament to get her ready for Wimbledon 2022, but her hopes of returning to the All England Club may be dashed.
She is scheduled to compete at the Birmingham Classic later this month but her participation is unlikely if her latest injury proves to be something that requires treatment.
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