Emma Raducanu looks on at Wimbledon

‘The whole experience caught up with me’, reflects Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has revealed she is “feeling much better” after she was “not well enough to carry on” in her fourth round Wimbledon match with Ajla Tomljanovic.

The 18-year-old wildcard was forced to retire when trailing 4-6, 0-3 during her clash with Tomljanovic at The Championships on No. 1 Court.

Wimbledon have received criticism for scheduling the match last on No. 1 Court, with players arriving on court at around 8pm. Organisers have, however, defended their decision.

The world No. 338 made a stunning run to the last 16 on her debut – beating Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova, and Sorana Cirstea without dropping a set.

“I wanted to let everyone know that I am feeling much better this morning. First up, I wanted to congratulate Ajla on an incredible performance and I’m sorry the match ended the way it did,” the Brit said in a statement on Twitter.

“I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week and I think the whole experience caught up with me. At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy.

“The medical team advised me not to continue and, although it felt like the hardest thing in the world not to be able to finish my Wimbledon on the court, I was not well enough to carry on.”

Andy Murray has defended Raducanu after her commitment and mental toughness were questioned by media commentator Piers Morgan and former cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

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