Emma Raducanu crashes out of Australian Open

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British Tennis player Emma Raducanu has crashed out of the Australian Open at the hands of No. 7 seed Coco Gauff.

There were concerns about Raducanu’s fitness after the British No. 1 clutched at her left side throughout the 6-4, 7-6 (4) loss.

The Brit struggled in the second set of the second-round match against Gauff, as she began to feel at her side, wincing in pain as she struggled to maintain power in her stroke play.

Despite appearing to be hampered by the abdominal issue, Raducanu did manage to shake off the concern to rally in the second set; from 2-4 down she clawed her way to a 5-4 lead — blasting winners with power she seemingly lacked just games earlier — before Gauff responded to take the set to a tiebreaker.

Some unforced errors allowed Gauff a look at four match points, the third of which the American converted to secure passage into the third round.

After the match, Raducanu wouldn’t be drawn on speculation of a side strain, but admitted her “limited practice” in the leadup to the Australian Open hampered her ability to be in peak physical condition.

“I think the limited practice time [I had], it’s difficult to play matches and be in that sort of condition [to play], but I think we did a great job to get on the court this week,” Raducanu said.

“Thirteen days ago … with what I had… the chances of me playing this tournament were very, very low. I had extremely limited practice time, and I think I can say that now I’m not competing anymore, but it was going to be a push to get me on the court.

“I have that vision of myself being an aggressive player,” Raducanu said. “I think that I didn’t want to get out there into really long extended rallies with her in the condition I’m in, either.”




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