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Tennis News: With a back issue, Emma Raducanu withdraws from the first round of the Italian Open against Bianca Andreescu
Tennis News: With a back issue, Emma Raducanu withdraws from the first round of the Italian Open against Bianca Andreescu
Tennis News: With a back issue, Emma Raducanu withdraws from the first round of the Italian Open against Bianca Andreescu
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Tennis News: With a back issue, Emma Raducanu withdraws from the first round of the Italian Open against Bianca Andreescu

Tennis News: With a back injury, British number one Emma Raducanu had to withdraw from her Italian Open first-round match against Bianca Andreescu.

At the moment of her retirement, the 2021 US Open winner and world number 12 was trailing 6-2 2-1 against the Canadian, another previous US Open winner, who has struggled with injury throughout her career.

Raducanu was gripping her back when she took a medical timeout after falling behind 5-2, but she returned to the court minutes later and won the first set at love.

Raducanu held serve at the start of the second set but was uneasy again, and when she was down 2-1 in the second, she decided to withdraw, telling a physio, “I can’t walk.”

The 19-year-old has had inconsistent success since winning her first Grand Slam championship at last year’s US Open, but she has had a promising clay-court season, reaching the quarterfinals in Stuttgart and the last 16 in Madrid despite struggling with a back issue in the latter tournament.

Raducanu, who is present without a full-time coach after her divorce from Torben Beltz last month, will be hoping to be fully fit for the French Open, which begins in less than a week at Roland Garros.

In the men’s draw, Djokovic and Brit Norrie have advanced.

Novak Djokovic beat Aslan Karatsev 6-3 6-2 in the second round of the men’s tournament to begin his quest for a sixth Italian Open championship and the defence of his world number one ranking.

After missing numerous events due to his coronavirus vaccination status, Djokovic needs to reach the semi-finals to keep his world number one ranking. Otherwise, he will lose top spot in the rankings for the second time this year to Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic continued his search for a first championship in 2022 with a rather clean performance, making only 10 unforced errors against Karatsev’s 36.

In the next round, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will play either three-time champion Stan Wawrinka or compatriot Laslo Djere.

Cameron Norrie, the British number one and ninth seed, beat wildcard Luca Nardi 6-4 6-4 to set up a third-round match with Marin Cilic.

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