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Recuperating Raducanu yearns for Wimbledon

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

US Open champion in 2021, Emma Raducanu, has given a glimpse of hope that she could feature in this month’s Wimbledon after she pulled out of the Nottingham tournament abruptly.

Raducanu got injured in a round of 32 contest with Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic where she was trailing 4-3, and will not partake in next week’s Rothesay Classic in Birmingham. The teenager after she got injured, tried using painkillers to numb the pain to continue her campaign to the finals but invariably ended the match to hand Golubic a walkover.

However, the British number one whose first feature on her home soil since her US Open success in 2021 resulted in an injury in Birmingham, hopes to be fit for Wimbledon. Sequel to the incident, the 19-year-old stressed that she will undergo a scan to know if she developed spasms and would not subject herself to a personal diagnosis.

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“It was disappointing to go out this week with a side injury and unfortunately will no longer be able to play in Birmingham,” Raducanu said on lta.org.uk. “I’m looking forward to being back on the match court soon, though, to enjoy the rest of the grass season,” Raducanu referred to the Wimbledon taking place in the latter part of June.

According to a report, the US Open champion WTA Tour campaign have be marred with a series of injuries ranging from hip, fitness issues, and back complaints amid blister attacks. Meanwhile, coach Judy Murray on The Telegraph advised that Raducanu needs to engage the services of women experts who understand the female physique to properly take care of her.

Murray said Raducanu outside her sterling performance in the US last year is like every other teenager who needs quality time to build her physique.

She said, “What’s becoming increasingly clear is that Raducanu’s body needs time to mature “If you strip away the fact she was catapulted into this amazing success following her US Open triumph last September, she is no different to any other young player in the sense that her body needs time to fill out, become more robust and resilient,” Murray underlined.

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