HomeLifestyleEmma Raducanu loses first Grand Slam match as painful blisters wreck British star's Australian Open dreams
Emma Raducanu loses first Grand Slam match as painful blisters wreck British star's Australian Open dreams
EMMA RADUCANU was dumped out of the Australian Open second round after suffering blisters on her racket hand.
The British No1 suffered the hand injury in the early stages of the first set and despite the determination not to roll over, she was eventually knocked out 6-4 4-6 6-3 after two-and-a-half hours by world No98 Danka Kovinic.
It was the first time the Kent star had been defeated in a completed Grand Slam match – her 2021 Wimbledon exit was due to an early retirement following breathing problems experienced on court.
It was a sad, unfortunate way to leave Melbourne and there will always be a case of ‘What if?’ as she missed out on a potential third-round clash against her idol Simona Halep.
The US Open champion will now pack her bags, regroup and focus on the Road to Wimbledon.