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British tennis player Emma Raducanu retired from her fourth-round Wimbledon match after experiencing trouble breathing, CNN reports.
Raducanu is just 18 years old, but she has already earned worldwide fame and praise after her surprising run at Wimbledon.
The young rising star, who is of Chinese and Romanian descent, stunned two top-50 ranked opponents on her way to making the fourth round of the women’s singles tournament. She finally ran out of steam there, retiring against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the second set.
According to CNN, Raducanu left the match because she was having difficulty breathing. She was seen repeatedly doubling over in pain during the match, with her hand placed on her stomach. She left the court for treatment and never returned, having officially withdrawn from the match.
Raducanu later wrote on Twitter that she was feeling better and thanked her supporters.
Raducanu faced long odds in achieving success at Wimbledon. She was playing in her first Grand Slam and is currently ranked 338th in the world. According to ESPN, Raducanu had not been able to play much over the past year due to the pandemic and school exams; she made her Women’s Tennis Association tour debut in June.
Matthew James, Raducanu’s former coach, told BBC News that Raducanu is remarkable for concentrating intensely on both academics and tennis. Now, he said, she can fully commit to realizing her potential in the sport.
“She’s been not focusing solely on the tennis so her ranking is probably slightly under where her level was,” James told BBC News. “There’s no limit to how far she could go this week and next week and the next few years.”
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