The defending US Open champion and great British hope for Wimbledon is eliminated from the tournament in the second round only.
US Open champion Emma Raducanu crashed out at Wimbledon on Wednesday, losing her second-round match to Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 to the disappointment of the British public.
The 10th seed, who was troubled by a side sprain as the Grand Slam approached, was broken five times in the match on center court by her French opponent, ranked 55th in the world.
Raducanu was on the back foot at the start of the competition after being broken on her first service game and winning just 45% of the points on her first serve.
Garcia, fresh off his grass-court win at Bad Homberg, hit 25 winners in an impressive display.
“Emma is a huge player and in her home tournament she proved she could do really well on the big stage,” Garcia said.
“I really enjoyed playing on center court, it was my first time and it was very special.”
Raducanu: ‘There is no pressure’
Raducanu has struggled with a series of minor injuries since his sensational victory at Flushing Meadows last year.
She has also come under scrutiny for her inability to settle on a long-term coach.
The 19-year-old was upbeat after her loss, saying she “didn’t really have high expectations of myself”.
Raducanu was asked if feeling the pressure again at Wimbledon will help her as she prepares to defend her US Open title.
But she laughed it off, saying she couldn’t wait to get back to Flushing Meadows.
“There’s no pressure,” she said. “Like, why is there pressure? I’m still 19. “Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a Slam. Back in New York, it’s going to be cool because I I have a lot of experience playing on big pitches, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you.
” That does not bother me. I mean, for me, everything is learned. I embrace every moment thrown at me.
Raducanu said he had been hampered by a lack of court time since Roland Garros due to various issues, but was fit for Wimbledon.
“I declared myself in great shape when I went out on the pitch on the first day,” she said.
“But I played seven hours of tennis in a month. Even to compete with these girls at this level and win a set, I think it’s a very good achievement.