Emma Raducanu’s tragic withdrawal from Wimbledon due to “breathing difficulties”


Emma Raducanu’s tragic withdrawal from Wimbledon due to “breathing difficulties”

After withdrawing from her match against Ajla Tomljanovic, Emma Raducanu’s incredible run at Wimbledon came to an end.

Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old British wildcard, withdrew from her fourth-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon due to lung problems. Raducanu received medical attention throughout the second set before leaving the court to undergo more treatment.

Raducanu’s withdrawal was later revealed to the crowd, with Wimbledon confirming on Monday evening that she was unable to continue owing to “difficulty breathing” (as reported by the BBC).

Raducanu had been on a tear at Wimbledon, defeating two top-50 opponents, Marketa Vondrousova and Sorana Cirstea, to set up her fourth-round match against Tomljanovic.

“I’m genuinely rather surprised,” Tomljanovic added.

“It’s definitely bittersweet since Emma must be in a lot of pain if she has decided to retire.

“It’s incredible to play as a Brit at home, but I feel bad for her because I wish we could have finished it.”

“It happens in sports,” she says, “but I truly wish her the best.”

In the quarter-finals, Tomljanovic will face world number one Ash Barty.

“We’ve seen so much from Emma Raducanu in the course of this tournament,” former British number one Annabel Croft told BBC Radio.

“She has a well-rounded technique, a lovely service motion, and a solid second serve.

“She has a powerful head on her shoulders as well. She’s ecstatic and brings it to the court.

“It hurts to see her follow this route, but it’s been a terrific starting point.

“She’s going to get a lot of attention now.”

John McEnroe has been chastised for his comments on Raducanu’s withdrawal, which he made on BBC One, saying: “I feel horrible for Emma.” It seemed to have gotten a little out of hand, which is reasonable given what we’ve been discussing with [Naomi] Osaka over the last six weeks.


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