Raducanu is ‘feeling better’

Emma Raducanu, the debuting British teenage sensation forced to quit her Wimbledon fourth-round encounter with Ajla Tomljanovic when she “started to breathe heavily”, has admitted that the experience of her shock run “caught up with me”.

"I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd 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 Emma Raducanu

The 18-year-old from Bromley , who withdrew at 6-4 3-0 down after a medical timeout, also admitted to feeling “dizzy” and that having to stop was “the hardest thing in the world”.

But Raducanu revealed the day after she was “feeling better”.

Raducanu said on Twitter: “I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd 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.

Emma Raducanu starts to feel breathless

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“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.

“I want to thank the people who have cheered me on every single match, I wanted to win so badly for you! I also want to thank the All England Club, my team, the LTA, my parents and friends.

“Last night will go a long way to helping me learn what it takes to perform at the top. I will cherish everything we have achieved together this week and come back stronger! Can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey.”

Raducanu, who only made her tour debut last month, said to the BBC: “It’s a great learning experience for me and a great step forward and hopefully next time I will be better prepared.

Raducanu’s Instagram followers moved from 2,000 to almost 250,000.

She said to the BBC: “My Instagram logged me out. I think they thought I was a robot or something. We are trying to fix that now.

“This week we have done a great job, me and my team. I haven’t spent much time on my phone and I have not really checked any of the news. We have done our own thing, focusing on the process and doing everything we can to get myself ready for the match ahead.”

John McEnroe pictured while commentating at Wimbledon.

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John McEnroe was blasted for suggesting Raducanu was unable to cope with the occasion and television presenter Piers Morgan felt she needed to “toughen up”.

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen spoke about “mental toughness” dividing the good from the great in sport.

Andy Murray replied to Pietersen and McEnroe: “No question mental toughness can be what separates the best in sport but surely both of you aren’t judging her mental toughness on yesterday’s match?!

“I think some of what he (McEnroe) said was fair yes. However, the timing of it was a bit off considering nobody had any clue what her issue was injury/illness/breathings issues etc at the time of his comments.”

Wimbledon defended the scheduling with Raducanu entering the court at 8pm.

The All England Club stated: “”The scheduling of the order of play each day at the Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.

“We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery.

“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and in the years to come.”

Anne Keothavong, Raducanu’s skipper in the Billie Jean King Cup, said: “Emma will come back better prepared and stronger. It was a difficult situation for her to be in, and for everyone to witness, but she’ll be just fine. It was always going to be a difficult match given the hype and the buzz around it, but she’ll learn from this. It’s been a fantastic Wimbledon debut for her, and next year she’ll come better prepared and stronger for it.”



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