‘Raducanu will be fine’ – says former British number one
Anne Keothavong has revealed Emma Raducanu ‘will be fine’ after the 18-year-old was forced to withdraw from her fourth round match citing breathing difficulties.
The 18-year-old British star was trailing 6-4, 3-0 against Ajla Tomljanovic before withdrawing following a medical time out.
Raducanu had enjoyed an exceptional week on her Grand Slam debut, defeating former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova and top 50 player Sorana Cirstea on her Court One debut.
Keothavong said Raducanu was “ok” after leaving Wimbledon last night.
The former British number one implied the hype and pressure surrounding the youngster was the reasoning behind the breathing difficulties.
Emma Raducanu is struggling 😥 she's receiving medical attention.
Raducanu 4-6 0-3 Tomljanovic.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 5, 2021
“She’s ok, she is going to be fine. I saw her leave the club last night. It was a difficult situation for her to be in. But she will be just fine.”
“It is never easy, Keothavong said. “Her parents were sat nearby and her mum wanted to see her. It is never easy for a parent to see their child in that discomfort. They just want the best for her.”
Raducanu displayed immense fighting spirit, shot-making and skill to progress to round four. Perhaps it all got too much last night, but it was a special week for Raducanu and British Tennis.
“In terms of her preparation, they did everything possible. They did everything they could to prepare her. It was also going to be a difficult match given the hype around it but it has been a great Wimbledon debut.” Keothavong added.
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