Emma Raducanu Australian Open 2022

“I’m very sorry” – Emma Raducanu ends Latin American swing early due to persistent injury

Emma Raducanu ended her Latin American swing early after she withdrew from the Monterrey Open due to the same injury that caused her to retire from the Zapopan Open.

In her opening Zapopan match against Daria Saville, top-seeded British starlet Raducanu was forced to retire in the third set of their three hour and 36 minute long marathon, the longest WTA tour-level match of 2022 thus far.

The 19-year-old US Open champion suffered an injury to her left leg in her first round match, but this has also ended her hopes of competing in Monterrey next week.

Whilst Raducanu has only played a total of four matches across three tournaments, half of them have been heavily impacted by injury.

At this year’s Australian Open, she comfortably dispatched 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round before she then battled through blistering to no avail against World number 68 Danka Kovinic.

Raducanu then decided that she would take a break to focus on her training and recovery, but announced that she planned to play both the Zapopan Open and the Monterrey Open in preparation for next months Indian Wells Masters.

However, Raducanu was unable to make the most of the Latin American swing due to yet another injury.

Regardless, she still hopes to compete at the ‘fifth Grand Slam’ and will receive a first-round bye should she be fit enough to play.

Despite such a frustrating start to the new season, Raducanu still finds herself ranked at a career-high of 12th in the world.

In a video posted to the Mexican Open website, Raducanu said “I just wanted to say that I’m very sorry that I won’t be able to play for you in Monterrey.

“I was having an amazing time, but I got hurt in my last match and that means I can’t play.”

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