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Raducanu crashes out of Wimbledon Open

June 29, 2022
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Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon is over after she was outplayed by France’s Caroline Garcia in a second-round match that left Centre Court deflated.

The 19-year-old Briton was beaten 6-3 6-3 by the world number 55, who has now won seven grass-court matches in a row.

Raducanu has not won successive matches at a Grand Slam since her remarkable triumph at last year’s US Open.

Garcia was always going to be a tough opponent and Raducanu was unable to cope with her aggressive play.

Fellow Briton Andy Murray will aim to lift the spirits of Centre Court when he plays big-serving American John Isner immediately after Raducanu’s match.

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Raducanu’s build-up for her first Wimbledon since becoming a teenage Grand Slam champion was in stark contrast to Bad Homburg champion Garcia’s preparations.

Hampered by a side strain, Raducanu played only seven games in the British grass-court events leading up to her opening match.

While she looked sharp in her first-round win against Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck, she struggled to deal with the aggressive approach favoured by Garcia – who was once touted as a future world number one by Murray.

“I prepared for this match really well. Emma is a huge player and in her home tournament,” said Garcia, who faces China’s 33rd seed Zhang Shuai next.

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“I really enjoyed playing on Centre Court, it was my first time and very special.

“You win a couple of matches in a row and I won a title in Germany but you have to start all over again.

“That is what is nice about tennis – we all start from zero and we have to go for it.”

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