Emma Raducanu required a medical timeout in the third set of her Linz Open clash with Wang Xinyu after she “tweaked something”. The US Open champion was playing just her fifth match since her triumph in New York and her opening encounter in Austria.
But she succumbed to a problem on her right side which looked to be either her hip or groin during the third set which required treatment from the physio, with the Briton laid flat on her back on the court as she received attention.
Amazon Prime commentator Annabel Croft said: “I think there’s a problem at the other end. Looks to be the right leg as well. Limping a bit after that one.
“Taking some time at the back of the court. It’s in the joint there isn’t it, right between the hip and the top of the thigh. She’s asked for the trainer at the change of ends.”
She added: “I’m not quite sure what they can do. They can work their magic can’t they? I guess they’ll do an assessment and try and put some treatment in there.
“They don’t want to aggravate it though, that’s the point isn’t it.”
Co-commentator Sam Smith added: “With a little more experience, would she have called for the trainer as soon as she did it? Or was she just trying to run it off?”
Croft replied: “It just happened in that one very physical point where they were both pushing each other to the limit. She’s definitely tweaked something.”
The chair umpire then confirmed that Raducanu would receive a three-minute timeout for her trainer to treat the problem.
Raducanu was however able to return to her feet to continue the match with Wang serving for the victory. She clutched her thigh at points during the set.
Yet the Canada-born Raducanu somehow managed to break her Chinese opponent, only for Wang to break back in the following set.
Croft added: “She’s staggering but she’s throwing all her energy into the point. Clearly in a lot of pain.
“She’s just such a resilient competitor, doesn’t like to lose. She’s battled for over two hours to get herself in with a chance in this match.
“She’s had chances and it’s such a great shame that little tweak occurred only a few games ago.
“Yet still she’s fighting, saved a couple of match points and she’s doing everything she can to get through this opponent. I think it says a lot about her.”
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