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“The experience caught me,” says Emma Raducanu after withdrawal from Wimbledon | Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu has said that she had to withdraw from Wimbledon because “the whole experience caught up with me” as the organizers defended the schedule for their round of 16 match.

The 18-year-old was forced to withdraw on medical advice from her match against Australian Ajla Tomljanović on Monday night after experiencing shortness of breath and feeling dizzy after some intense rallies towards the end of the first set.

In a statement posted on social media Tuesday afternoon, Raducanu said she was feeling better and doing well despite being disappointed that she couldn’t finish the match. “I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an incredible crowd this week, and I think the whole experience has caught me,” he wrote.

“The medical team advised me not to continue, and although it seemed the hardest thing in the world not to be able to finish my Wimbledon on the court, I was not well enough to continue.”

Congratulating Tomljanović for an amazing performance and expressing her gratitude to everyone who had cheered her on, the teenager added: “Last night will be a great help in helping me learn what it takes to perform at the top. I will appreciate all that we have accomplished together this week and will come back stronger. “

The Wimbledon organizers wished Raducanu the best in his recovery and praised how he had performed over the fortnight. A statement read: “We were very saddened to see that Emma was forced to withdraw from her party last night and we wish her all the best in her recovery.

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“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown over the fortnight at Wimbledon and we look forward to welcoming her to Wimbledon next year and for years to come.”

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Emma Raducanu is seen struggling before leaving the court and retiring. Photograph: Tom Jenkins / The Guardian

There was some criticism of the “Manic Monday” match schedule which, in a break with convention, was the last to be played on Court One despite the fact that all other women’s contests had been played earlier in the day before. of the rooms. finals on Tuesday.

A five-set men’s match between Félix Auger-Aliassime and Alexander Zverev, which was interrupted by rain, meant that Raducanu and Tomljanović did not take the court until shortly before 8pm BST, which meant that the contest could also be shown. in primetime on BBC One.

But speaking to the BBC on Tuesday morning, Raducanu dismissed suggestions that the long wait had contributed to what had happened. “I think I was prepared to go out at any time of the day that was asked of me. I was so excited. I didn’t find a problem with that. “

Although she didn’t know what had caused her breathing problems, she suspected it was “a combination of everything that has happened behind the scenes in the last week and the buildup of excitement, the buzzing.”

Raducanu added that it was louder and hotter on Court One compared to the smaller courts, and it had taken her and her opponent several games to adjust to the match.

In their statement, the All England Club defended the decision to schedule the match for the last time on Court One. “Scheduling the order of play each day at the championships is a complex operation, and although we are very careful when scheduling matches and assigning the courts on a daily basis is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made fairly and in the best interest of the tournament, the players, the spectators and our global broadcast audience in the background, but the unpredictable nature of match lengths and the British weather can and will cause disruptions in Any Time”.

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Raducanu was trailing 4-6, 0-3 to Tomljanović when she became visibly ill and left the pitch before it was announced that she would not be returning for medical reasons.

Emma Raducanu speaking to the BBC after being eliminated from Wimbledon.
Emma Raducanu speaking to the BBC after being eliminated from Wimbledon. Photograph: BBC

Despite the gloom on Monday night, the mood in SW19 remained positive and focused on its bright future. Wearing a Three Lions jersey, Raducanu said it had been “the best week of my life” and was very grateful to her team and the fans who cheered her on.

The teenager, who is awaiting her A-level results, said she would be lounging at home for the next few days and watching soccer. “He’s coming home, isn’t he?” He said, predicting a 2-1 England win.

Having made her WTA Tour debut in June, Raducanu has caused a sensation in the past week, becoming the youngest British player in the open era to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

His remarkable career means that he will rise to a ranking of 175 from his current 338, while his earnings have increased by £ 181,000 and his Instagram followers by more than a quarter of a million.

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