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WTA Rome: Emma Raducanu has to give up at the start against Bianca Andrescuu with back problems

“I’m definitely disappointed with how the match went today. But I think I just wanted to give it a try,” said Raducanu. “I never knew how bad it really was until I was out on the court,” said number twelve in the WTA world rankings.

Already last week at the Madrid Open, the Briton had lost against Anhelina Kalinina 2: 6, 6: 2, 4: 6 and then complained of back problems. “After Madrid, I thought that if I took a day or two off, it would go away because a lot of the other problems went away after two days off,” explained Raducanu.

But after losing the third service game against the 21-year-old Canadian, Raducanu had to give up. Andrescuu, meanwhile, meets Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round, who also benefited from the retirement of compatriot Nuria Parrizas Diaz.

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After her debut success as a qualifier in New York, Raducanu underperformed. Since winning the title at the US Open in September last year, she has always failed in the quarterfinals at the latest. Last week in Madrid was the last 16 for the 19-year-old.

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