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Emma Raducanu has raised fears about her participation at Wimbledon after suffering a fresh injury blow at the grass-court event in Nottingham.
The US Open champion has suffered a number of worrying injuries in recent months and was once again forced to retire hurt in the opening round in Nottingham on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old had to pull the pin just seven games into her match against Viktorija Golubic because a side injury.
Raducanu could be seen grabbing at her side in the opening game of the match and struggled for the remainder, calling a medical timeout but never recovering.
Playing her first match on home soil since she won the US Open in September, Raducanu said she had "no idea" whether she will be fit for Wimbledon at the end of the month.
"The first game, an absolute freak, I think I pulled something, I am not really sure what exactly happened," she said.
"I need to get a scan first. I am not going to 'Google doctor' myself. I will get it checked out. Then we will see from there.
"I have no idea (about Wimbledon). It could have just seized up and gone into spasm and then it is really bad for a few days.
"I cannot diagnose myself. I will get it checked out."
It was the third time Raducanu has withdrawn from a tournament due to injury since she burst onto the tennis scene with her stunning US Open triumph.
The World No.11 also bowed out of matches in Guadalajara in February and Rome in May, and is due to play in Birmingham next week.
The latest retirement raises further questions about Raducanu's fitness as she continues to struggle with the physical demands of life on the WTA Tour.
The British teenager, who made her WTA debut at Nottingham 12 months ago, has not won more than two matches at a tournament since her remarkable journey from the qualifying rounds to the title at the US Open.
"It is just a shame. I am obviously disappointed and it is really bad luck," Raducanu said.
"That's out of my control, but right now all I can focus on is what I am doing and I think I am doing a lot of good work.
"I just need to trust that it will come and right now it is happening for a reason and I am exactly where I need to be."
Tennis world left concerned for Emma Raducanu
Raducanu captivated the tennis world at Wimbledon last year when she made it to the fourth round before retiring against Ajla Tomljanovic with breathing problems.
The teenager later admitted she was overwhelmed by the situation of playing on centre court in front of a packed crowd.
Meanwhile, Tomljanovic served impressively as she made a promising start to her grass-court season by beating Xinyu Wang 6-4 6-4 in 73 minutes.
Last year's Wimbledon quarter-finalist was rarely troubled, winning 82 per cent on first serve with six aces.
The Australian women's No.1, fifth seed in Nottingham, is now the highest ranked player in her quarter of the draw after Raducanu's exit.
Fans were left gutted for Raducanu after the latest dramas, while others were forced to defend the 19-year-old from some nasty criticism.
@EmmaRaducanu Emma so sorry you had to pull out. I hope you are okay and well. You looked in a lot of discomfort and pain. Please take care lots of love 😘❤️🤗
— Paul T Browne (@PaulTBrowne1) June 7, 2022
Isn't there something seriously wrong with her preparation for this? Injury time-out after third game? Hopefully @EmmaRaducanu and her camp can resolve this. Did I hear right that prep includes 90 minutes of gym work?!
— Clive R. (@CliveR39) June 7, 2022
All the people criticising a 19 year old girl, who doesn't owe anybody a thing. The way she's slated I'm surprised her mental health hasn't suffered way more. Social media is disgusting. Imagine if that was your child trying to achieve their dreams! Be kind or be quiet.
— Elisabeth White (@LizBeth8806) June 7, 2022
It’s really sad that this is becoming the norm for Emma Raducanu. Frustrating for us, but even more frustrating for her. Hope she will be able to play Wimbledon because she deserves that heroes welcome at the very least. 🤞 #bbctennis
— James Stevenson 🌻 (@JStevo21) June 7, 2022
Such a shame Emma Raducanu is injured again. Worrying amount of injuries at such a young age. Maybe not the next great hope of British tennis unfortunately
— Jonathan Campion (@CampionNorwich) June 7, 2022
Emma Raducanu is injured again, not sure how she won the US open 🙈 she’s losing then suddenly she’s hurt her toenail, her career will be over very soon at this rate
— Steve (@CooperS111s) June 7, 2022
OMG Raducanu injured again not sure if she'll be at Wimbledon ?? What is going on she quit Wimbledon last yr against Tomlijanovic with stomach cramps or a panic attack ,she quit today in Nottingham ,very obvious now she doesn't have mental capacity to be a success no more Slams
— Welland Dowd (@KevinKean13) June 7, 2022
Not being horrible but was Emma Raducanu a one hit wonder..a flash in the pan...she hasn't done anything since US Open....not sure about Wimbledon now...dont slag me off anyone...I wish her health and wealth and more titles but..?
— Doug Smith (@BeningtonDoug) June 7, 2022
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