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Emma Raducanu’s brilliant Wimbledon run ends in fourth round as she retires

Britain's Emma Raducanu returns against Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic during their women's singles fourth round match on the seventh day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2021.

Raducanu was the youngest Open Era Brit in the last-16 of a Slam (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Emma Raducanu’s brilliant Wimbledon run was brought to an end in the fourth round as she retired from her match with Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic.

In a week where England fans are hoping ‘It’s Coming Home’ at Euro 2020, there were faint hopes that Raducanu might spring the shock of all shocks and become the first British female to win Wimbledon since 1977.

But those hopes were dashed on Monday night under the Court 1 roof as the Toronto-born world No. 338 pulled out.

Raducanu, 18, required treatment for in the second set after struggling physically and didn’t return as Tomjlanovic advanced to the quarter-finals.

Raducanu, the youngest Brit to reach the last-16 of a Slam in the Open Era, can take great heart from her surprise run at the All England Club – beating a former French Open finalist and the world No. 45 en route – and British fans can be optimistic she will continue her rise up the rankings.

She will jump 163 places up the WTA leaderboard to world No. 175 when the rankings are next released on Monday and will become the new British No. 4. As an added bonus, she will pocked a cool £181,000 for her efforts.

Tomljanovic, meanwhile, will meet world No. 1 Ash Barty in the quarter-finals on Monday.

Raducanu and Tomljanovic got underway at 7.59pm, more than five hours after Barty finished her fourth-round match against French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

It was an unusual move, likely driven by home broadcasters, for a women’s match to be scheduled last on Manic Monday. Unlike their male counterparts – who don’t play their quarter-final matches until Wednesday – they will have to return on Tuesday to play their next match.

Organisers no doubt had their head in their hands as Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime’s match went five sets, lasting more than four hours before the Canadian 16th seed triumphed.



Wimbledon quarter-finals line-up

Men’s

Djokovic vs Fucsovics
Shapovalov vs Khachanov
Berrettini vs Auger-Aliassime/Zverev
Federer vs Medvedev/Hurkacz

Women’s

Barty vs Raducanu/Tomljanovic
Muchova vs Kerber
Golubic vs Pliskova
Sabalenka vs Jabeur

While BBC chiefs were no doubt delighted to be able to place British golden girl Raducanu on BBC 1 at 8pm, it’s hardly ideal that one quarter-finalist suffered a late night finish while her higher-ranked opponent could sit at home hours in advance with her feet up.

Still, both got on with the task at hand. Raducanu, starting slightly nervously, did well to hold her opening service game despite facing a break point before growing into the match.

Soon she was fist-pumping and relishing the occasion, just as she had in the previous round, and applying pressure to her opponent’s serve. Both were taking chunks out of each other with hefty groundstrokes, with the backhand exchanges particularly excellent.

In the ninth game of the opening set, Raducanu thought she’d found the breakthrough but narrowly went wide off a potential return winner on one of two break points as Tomljanovic held on.

A game later, the Aussie struck. Raducanu was left slumped over her racquet after losing one lung-busting rally and, sensing an opportunity, Tomljanovic converted a set point to take a 6-4 lead after 50 minutes.

By the hour mark, she was a break down in the second set. After a quick word with the umpire midway through her first service game of the second set, Raducanu sent a backhand way long as she fell 2-0 down.

Day Seven : The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts in her Ladies’ Singles Fourth Round match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia during Day Seven of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

There were opportunities to break back in the following game, with Tomljanovic clinging on, before the trainer arrived on court to assess an abdominal issue for the British teen.

The doctor also joined and the group left the court, with Raducanu not returning and the match finishing abruptly.

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