Raducanu saw a 5% chance of beating Kalinina at the Madrid Open due to back pain

MAY 2 (Reuters) – Emma Raducanu, the ninth seed, said she didn’t expect to beat Anhelina Kalinina in the round of 16 of the Madrid Open due to back pain after beating the Ukrainian 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 was eliminated.

The reigning US Open champion requested a medical time-out in the first set after clenching her back between points. Continue reading

“I would have given myself a 5 percent chance of winning that match and that it almost happened I think was a positive thing,” Raducanu told reporters.

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“To be honest, I had a bit of a problem with my back. I’ve had some issues all week and it just takes its toll, all games at this level.

“I went into the match with it and really struggled to get wide.”

Raducanu added she was optimistic of getting back in shape in time for next week’s Rome Open.

“I hope there is enough time because it would be a real shame to miss it,” she said.

“For me it’s often just overload and then, you know, three days, two, three days of complete rest and I can start training again.”

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Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Danzig Editing by Christian Radnedge

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