Emma Raducanu was outpowered by France’s Caroline Garcia in a 6-3 6-3 defeat in the second round.
For all the noise and support for Emma Raducanu inside Centre Court – which at times made the 100-year-old stadium sound as though it was hosting a teenage house party -Emma Raducanu couldn’t deal with the aggressive tennis from Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.
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While Raducanu looked solid in her first-round win against Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck, she struggled to deal with the aggressive approach favoured by Garcia .
Emma Raducanu has not won successive matches at a Grand Slam since her remarkable triumph at last year’s US Open.
She took a philisophical view of her defeat. “Obviously it’s tough to lose any match,” Raducanu said, “but it’s OK because, coming into this, I didn’t really have many expectations of myself.”
For me, everything is learning,” said Raducanu, who was seeded 10th.
Emma Raducanu conveyed positivity in her post-match news conference, adding: “Caroline is a great player. I struggled to find a way through her.
But it’s OK because coming into this I didn’t really have many expectations of myself.
Since the French Open, the biggest thing has been my time on court has been extremely minimal.
I really did not train very much. That’s due to different sorts of niggles and things that have been lingering around.
That’s obviously something I’m going to be focusing on, getting my body ready and just playing tennis basically”.