US Open champion Emma Radukanu retired from her opening match at the WTA 250 event in Nottingham on Tuesday with injuries, casting doubt on her participation in Wimbledon.
Britain’s Radukanu retired 4-3 in the opening set against Switzerland’s Victoriza Golubic after suffering a stomach or rib injury about half an hour after the match.
The 19-year-old, who has been without a full-time coach since April, achieved stardom last September when, as a qualifier, she won the US Open title, becoming Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.
However, he has struggled since winning his first Grand Slam and was eliminated from the second round of the French Open last month.
Radukanu reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in 2021, but will need a quick recovery to compete in this year’s tournament, which runs from 27 June to 10 July.
Grasscourt Major snatched its ranking points from the men’s ATP and women’s WTA when it decided to exclude players due to Russia and Belarus’ attacks on Ukraine, which Moscow called a “special operation”. Belarus has been a major staging ground for the invasion.
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