Emma Raducanu fairytale Wimbledon run over after withdrawal
British wildcard Emma Raducanu was forced to retire during her Wimbledon fourth round match with Ajla Tomljanovic – ending her dream run.
The 18-year-old was trailing world No. 75 Tomljanovic 4-6, 0-3 when she left the court to receive a medical timeout.
Raducanu did not return, and it was announced that she had retired – with the injury yet to revealed.
“I’m really kind of shocked and it’s obviously so bittersweet because Emma must be really, really hurt if she came to the decision to retire,” Tomljanovic said in an on-court interview.
“I know to play as a Brit at home, it’s unbelievable. So I’m really sorry for her. I wish we could have finished it, but it’s sport, it happens. I’m really wishing her all the best.
“I think the beginning was really nervous from both sides, but I think towards the end of that first set we both started playing some good tennis. I felt like I found my groove.
“It didn’t really sink in that I’m in the quarters just because of the circumstances. To play Ash [Barty] in the quarters, two Aussies. I’m thrilled to play Ash, I’m hoping that it will be a great match.”
World No. 338 Raducanu saved a break point in the second game of the match, before Tomljanovic saved one to hold for 4-3.
The Australian then saved two break points to hold for 5-4, before breaking Raducanu as she served to stay in the set.
Tomljanovic broke to lead 2-0 in the second set, and saved two break points to hold for 3-0 – before the unfortunate conclusion.
It is the first time the 28-year-old has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam.
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