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Jacquie Beltrao discusses what went wrong for Emma Raducanu after Caroline Garcia ended her Wimbledon hopes

Jacquie Beltrao discusses what went wrong for Emma Raducanu after Caroline Garcia ended her Wimbledon hopes

Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon comeback proved to be an anticlimax as the US Open champion exited in the second round with a straight-set loss to Caroline Garcia.

Living up to the hype has proven impossible for the 19-year-old so far and, a year after rocketing to stardom with a run to the fourth round and then achieving the unthinkable in New York, she fell to a meek 6-3. 6 -3 loss on Center Court.

With games to go after three weeks out with lateral strain, Raducanu simply couldn’t find the level to match France’s Garcia in the 86 minutes of the match.

Raducanu will be next on the Grand Slam stage at the US Open, but she insists there will be no pressure ahead of her title defence.

She said: “There’s no pressure. Like, why is there pressure? I’m still 19 years old. Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a Slam.

“Coming back to New York will be great because I have a lot of experience playing on the big courts, playing with the people in the stadium, playing with the attention on you.

“I don’t care about that. For me, it’s all about learning. I embrace every moment that comes my way.”

Expectations for a Grand Slam champion are inescapable and hopes for her second-round match were boosted by Raducanu, who won her only previous meeting against Garcia in Indian Wells in March.

Garcia, arriving late from Germany, where she won a grass-court tournament at the weekend, had promised to be aggressive and kept her word, taking to the court in particular on Raducanu’s second serve and looking to take control with her. reverse.

With blustery conditions causing problems for both players, Raducanu recovered from losing the first two games, but was outplayed by Garcia as the 28-year-old stumbled three games in a row.

A clever second serve from Raducanu saved a set point at 2-5, but Garcia, who is ranked 55th and can be a wobbly closer, made no mistake on her own shot.

Raducanu held serve twice to start the second set, but was in trouble as soon as Garcia got into any move, the Frenchwoman’s shot weight simply superior to that of her much younger opponent.

The crowd tried to inspire Raducanu and cheered enthusiastically as he immediately recovered a break to level 3-3 only on a double fault and a backhand hit on the tram tracks to put Garcia ahead again, from where he pulled away to clinch the victory.

The disappointment must be tempered by the knowledge that Raducanu has many more opportunities to compete in the later stages of Wimbledon in the future, and his thoughts will now turn to playing on American hard courts.

“I was preparing really well for this match,” Garcia said of his first appearance on center court.

“Emma is a great player and at her home tournament she showed that she can do very well on the big stage. It’s only right that they support Emma and of course it’s a great memory for me.”

Garcia vs Raducanu: match statistics

Garcia match statistics Raducanu
3 aces 0
3 double faults 3
74% First Serve Winning Percentage Four. Five%
41% Second Serve Winning Percentage 56%
5/8 Break points won 2/4
25 Total Winners 12
twenty unforced errors 8
Sixty-five Total Points Earned fifty

harriet dart she became the tenth British player to progress to the second round with a resounding victory over Rebeka Masarova.

Dart, ranked 94th in the world, put on an impressive display to win 6-1 6-4, making it the best home performance at Wimbledon since 1984.

The 25-year-old will face eighth seed Jessica Pegula in the second round.

Germany's Jule Niemeier stunned second seed Anett Kontaveit

Germany’s Jule Niemeier stunned second seed Anett Kontaveit

Second seed Anett Kontaveit dropped from Wimbledon, was beaten 6-4, 6-0 on a big serve Julius Niemeierwho is making his mark in his first appearance in the Championship.

Niemeier, 22, ranked 97th in the world after injury problems halted his early progress on the tour, jumped up and punched the air on match point.

“It’s amazing,” he told an appreciative lunchtime crowd. “It’s one of the biggest wins of my career so far.”

Niemeier said she was nervous before the match on an exhibition court. “But I love playing on grass…it suits my game.”

from Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko showed his support for his war-torn country by wearing a yellow and blue ribbon during a second-round win over his compatriot Anhelina Kalinina.

The Ukrainian duo were well supported on Court 12 and, after a slight delay due to rain, produced two hours and 30 minutes of high-quality tennis.

It was Tsurenko who progressed 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and in the process eliminated World No.34 Kalinina in a mini-shock in the second round.

disharmony of doubles

Harmony Tan stunned Serena Williams on center court in a nightly thriller on Tuesday

Harmony Tan stunned Serena Williams on center court in a nightly thriller on Tuesday

Tamara Korpatsch has criticized her doubles partner, Harmony Tan, for withdrawing from her first-round women’s doubles match.

Tan stunned Center Court by defeating Serena Williams on Tuesday night in a first-round singles match that lasted more than three hours and will take on Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round on Thursday.

Tan then withdrew from the doubles on Tuesday afternoon ahead of a scheduled clash against Nadiia Kichenok and Raluca Olaru citing a thigh injury, which did not go down well with teammate Korpatsch.

The German, who was beaten by Heather Watson in the first round of singles, wrote on Instagram: “Unfortunately my doubles partner H. Tan withdrew from our doubles today.

“He just texted me this morning. Let me wait here for an hour before the match starts. I’m very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I won’t be able to play my first Grand Slam in doubles.”

“And it’s really not fair to me, I didn’t deserve it. She asked me before the tournament if we wanted to play doubles and I said yes, I didn’t ask, she asked! If you’re broken after 3 hours.” game the day before, you can’t play professionally. That’s my opinion”.

Korpatsch and Tan were replaced in the draw by Valentini Grammatikopoulou and Peangtarn Plipuech.

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