July 24, 2021

Emma Raducanu on why she broke the match at Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu speaks out after the criticism

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Emma Raducanu, 18, was forced to break the round of 16 at Wimbledon in front of the British home crowd.

Now she speaks for the first time.

“The doctors advised me not to continue playing”, she writes.

18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the youngest female Briton ever to advance to the quarterfinals in Wimbledon. But the match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in front of the ecstatic home crowd ended in an anticlimax.

At a disadvantage 4-6, 0-3, Raducanu began to take care of the stomach and hyperventilate, after which medical staff came to the rescue. She then chose to break the match.

Criticized by Piers Morgan

No explanation came on Monday night and instead various profiled ex-players and TV profiles started speculating. John McEnroe drew connections to Naomi Osaka and mental illness, while Piers Morgan accused The 18-year-old for not being able to “handle the press”.

“Toughest decision”

Now Emma Raducanu breaks the silence.

“I feel much better now. First of all, I want to congratulate Ajla on a fantastic achievement and I am sorry that the match ended the way it did. I played the tennis of my life in front of an incredible audience this week and I just think the whole situation became too much. At the end of the first set, after some tough duels, I started to have difficulty breathing and feel dizzy. The medical staff advised me not to continue playing and even though it felt like the toughest decision in the world, I was not healthy enough to continue. “, she writes and continues:

“I want to thank everyone who cheered on me during the matches, I really wanted to win for you! I also want to thank the club, my team, the organizer, my changers and my friends. Yesterday was a lesson about what it takes to perform at the top. I value what we achieved together this week and intend to come back stronger ”.

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