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Raducanu set to be fit for Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu remains on course to play at Wimbledon later this month but won’t feature in next week’s Birmingham warm-up event.

The US Open champion was forced to retire against Viktorija Golubic in the Nottingham grasscourt event on Tuesday after only seven games due to a side injury.

Raducanu, who was making her first competitive appearance on home soil since her stunning New York triumph, felt discomfort as early as the opening game and was unable to complete the first-round tie.

It had thrown into doubt her hopes of featuring at the All England Club, but a scan appears to have allayed those fears.

“It was disappointing to go out this week with a side injury and unfortunately will no longer be able to play in Birmingham,” Raducanu told lta.org.uk.

“I’m looking forward to be back on the match court soon though to enjoy the rest of the grass season.”

It’s possible Raducanu may enter the Eastbourne International, the last event before Wimbledon begins, but she’ll need a wildcard.

In Raducanu’s opening season on the WTA tour, she has been plagued by a number of fitness issues with hip and back complaints coupled with blisters during the past few months.

It’s prompted Judy Murray, a coach and mother to three-times grand slam winner Andy, to suggest that the 19-year-old needs time to mature physically and that she should hire women experts who understand the female body.

“What’s becoming increasingly clear is that Raducanu’s body needs time to mature,” Murray wrote in a column for The Telegraph.

“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.

“It’s a process that simply doesn’t happen overnight, especially when the physical demands on her body are at an all-time high,” Murray said, adding that her son Andy suffered from cramping while moving up from the junior circuit to the ATP.

With Reuters

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