Emma Raducanu grimaced in pain as she was treated during a medical time-out ahead of the deciding set in the Australian Open second round.
The Brit was hampered by a blister on her dominant right hand during her second round clash with Dank Kovinic in Melbourne, prompting her to repeatedly call on the on-court physio for treatment.
However, as the physio worked on her hand prior to the third set, Raducanu suddenly lurched forward in pain.
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“Ooo, that seemed to really hurt,” said Simon Reed on Eurosport commentary
“She is not a drama queen.”
The injury clearly hampered Raducanu, who often elected to play conservatively – and swerve pain – rather than rely on her brutal groundstrokes. She was in cruise control against Kovinic, breaking her opponent twice to race into a 3-0 lead in the first set, when the problem struck.
She bravely battled on but eventually went down 6-4 4-6 6-3 to Montenegrin world No. 98 Kovinic.
Raducanu has enjoyed a meteoric rise after her stunning run to the US Open title in September, which saw her come through qualifying and reel off 10 straight matches without dropping a set.
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