Emma Raducanu makes sad and shocking revelation after surprise Australian Open loss

Raducanu was beaten by Wang Yafan in the Australian Open second round.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Emma Raducanu makes sad and shocking revelation after surprise Australian Open loss
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Emma Raducanu revealed she was throwing up in her mouth and even at times struggled to see the ball clearly during her Australian Open second-round match against Wang Yafan.

On Thursday, Raducanu exited the Australian Open in the second round after world No. 94 Wang handed the Briton a 6-4 4-6 6-4 loss. Raducanu, who did well in her first tournament back in Auckland and also started her Australian Open run with a convincing win over Shelby Rogers, entered the Wang match as the favorite but ended up losing in three sets.

But it was clear that Raducanu was struggling with something as the 21-year-old took a medical timeout in the third set and was heard telling her team “I want to vomit” before taking medications. After the match, Raducanu revealed she suddenly started feeling sick during the third set and started "throwing up in my mouth."

"Yeah, now I feel a little bit better. I had some time. During the match, I'd say, like, third set I was 30-Love up serving. Then all of a sudden just felt so sick, just really like weak and nauseous," Raducanu said after the match.

"Throughout the third set I think everyone could see it was a bit of a battle. Like physically, body-wise, I felt fine. It was more I was throwing up in my mouth. Then after the match, it came out. Now I'm okay. Yeah, I'll get over it. It just sucks with the timing."

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Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

Raducanu: At some points I couldn't see the ball very well

Although Raducanu didn't feel well during the third set, she didn't want to retire the match. Instead, Raducanu did her best to play out the entire match and fight until the last point, although she knew it would be hard for her to beat Wang in a such condition.

After winning the second set, Raducanu didn't start the third set well, getting broken in the first game. Down by a break, Raducanu had a chance to instantly get the break back but she missed out on three break points in the second game as Wang managed to open a 2-0 lead in the third set. 

In the third game, Raducanu was close to finding herself down by a double break but managed to save three consecutive break points and cut the deficit to 1-2. After managing to avoid going down by a double break, Raducanu had a great chance to fully get back into the third set but she didn't convert any of her four break point chances in the fourth game as Wang went 3-1 up.

Unfortunately for Raducanu, she didn't clinch any break points in the remainder of the third set as Wang went on to complete a three-set win over the 2021 US Open champion. However, it should be noted that Raducanu felt unwell but retiring the match wasn't an option for the Briton.

"Yeah, I mean, honestly I've been in that situation before in matches, whether it was with illness or injury, and retired a few times," Raducanu said.

"I think, to be honest, with what I went through last year, you feel awful right now, at some points I couldn't really see the ball very well, but I think with everything I went through last year, it's made me so much tougher.  There was no way I was going to pull out. 

"She was going to have to beat me, and she did. She served it out. I think the last year off and also just with the amount of niggles and everything that I had, the setbacks, it did make me a lot tougher."

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

Raducanu leaves Australia in good spirits

After undergoing surgeries to both wrists and her right ankle, Raducanu competed in her first tournament in eight months in Auckland. In New Zealand, Raducanu clinched a hard-fought three-set win over Elena-Gabriela Ruse before falling short to Elina Svitolina in a three-setter in the Auckland round-of-16. 

In her first two comeback tournaments, Raducanu made the Auckland last-16 and suffered a second-round exit at Melbourne Park. On paper, those weren't really notable results. But for Raducanu, it was a great comeback since she was pretty competitive, and most importantly, the Briton didn't feel any pain. 

"No, I think the way that I'm committing to like my movement, committing to my training and tennis, I've completely got no fear with it," Raducanu said.

"I feel more confident than ever. Just playing with no pain is something that for a while I didn't know if I'd ever be able to do. I think that is a bonus. I'm very grateful for that. I think now we just push on with more training, more gym, more work and more consistency."

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

Now, Raducanu will turn her focus on preparing for the Abu Dhabi Open, where she has received a main draw wildcard. The Abu Dhabi event is starting on February 05 and Raducanu will be making her debut at the tournament.

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