Emma Raducanu ‘going to be fine,’ says former British number one


ormer British number one Anne Keothavong has reassured fans Emma Raducanu is “going to be fine” after the teen sensation was forced to retire from Wimbledon on Monday night.

In dramatic scenes on Court One, Raducanu,18, a south London schoolgirl, retired from her fourth round match against AustralianAjla Tomljanovic. Throughout the second set she had appeared to be breathless as she battled to stay in the match.

Keothavong, speaking on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday morning, said she had seen Raducanu leaving Wimbledon last night, and she was “ok”.

Keothavong, who was sat next to Raducanu’s parents Ian and Renee, also seemed to imply the pressure and “hype” surrounding the schoolgirl in the run up to the match – which was delayed until 8pm – had been behind the withdrawal.

“She’s ok, she is going to be fine. I saw her leave the club last night. It was a difficult situation for her to be in. But she will be just fine.”

She said the teenager’s parents had found the last minutes of the match difficult to watch.

“It is never easy, Keothavong said. “Her parents were sat nearby and her mum wanted to see her. It is never easy for a parent to see their child in that discomfort. They just want the best for her.”

Radacanu’s father Ian reportedly told the Telegraph he was proud of his daughter as “many people are” – but did not confirm what was behind the teen’s withdrawal.

Keothavong said: “In terms of her preparation, they did everything possible. They did everything they could to prepare her. It was also going to be a difficult match given the hype around it but it has been a great Wimbledon debut.

“It is a lot to take in. She is still very young and this is all very new. She has good people around her, she is a sensible young girl. She has had a fabulous Wimbledon, it is just a shame that it had to end like this, but she will be stronger for it.”

It comes amid criticism of former player and BBC pundit John McEnroe – who suggested the teen had found playing in the last 16 of Wimbledon “a little too much.”

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