Madrid Open: Emma Raducanu on enduring back pain against Anhelina Kalinina – Would have given myself a 5% chance


World No.11 Emma Raducanu said that she didn’t expect to beat Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina in the Round of 16 match of the ongoing Madrid Open. On Tuesday, May 3, the 19-year-old slumped to a 2-6, 6-2, 4-6 loss at the Park Manzanares and crashed out of the tournament. The woman prodigy said that she gave herself a 5 percent chance of securing victory given her back injury.

The Toronto-born tennis star, also the reigning US Open champion, mentioned that she has faced quite a few injury concerns over the last few days and the same has affected her. During Tuesday’s match, Raducanu asked for a medical timeout in the first set after feeling a lot of discomfort due to back pain.

‘I was really struggling’

“I would have given myself a 5% chance of winning that match, and for it to almost happen, I think that was a positive thing,” Raducanu was quoted as saying.

“I was kind of struggling a bit with my back, to be honest. Throughout the week I have been carrying some niggles, and it’s kind of just taking its toll, all of the matches at this kind of level. I did go into the match with that, and I was really struggling to move out wide,” she stated.

Raducanu, however, sounded confident about making a comeback in the upcoming Rome Open, scheduled to take place from May 7 to 15.

“I hope it’s enough time, because it would be a real shame to miss it. A lot of the time with me it’s just overload and then, you know, three days, two, three days complete rest and I’m okay to start training again,” Raducanu added.

As far as Kalinina is concerned, she will face Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann in the quarterfinal on Wednesday, May 4. Teichmann will go into the game after beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6-1 in her Round of 16 match on Tuesday.


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