World No. 12 Emma Raducanu said she thought the back injury she sustained in Madrid would go away after a few days but it didn't happen and she was forced to retire her Rome opener. After losing in the Madrid round-of-16 to Anhelina Kalinina, Raducanu said she wasn't giving herself much of a chance to win the match because she was hampered by a back issue.
This Tuesday, Raducanu met 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the Rome first round. Andreescu was up by a set and a break when Raducanu decided to end the match. At 5-2 in the first set, Raducanu left the court for a medical time out.
After returning to the court, three more games were played as Raducanu retired while 6-2 2-1 down.
Raducanu: I played injured against a great opponent
"I thought that maybe taking one, two days off, it would just go away because a lot of the other small niggles I've had, they've kind of gone away after taking, like, two days off," Raducanu said, per the WTA Tour website.
"Then I got here and I was training, but it just didn't seem to get better. I was training with some limitations. I wasn't moving really, I was just playing where I knew where the ball was coming, just staying in one corner.
I think I must have underestimated the unpredictability of competition in a match, you have to react ... Bianca is a great player. She's not going to let up and just hit the ball to you. "I think the last few weeks have been really positive.
I've learned a lot about myself and my game has definitely improved on this surface, but, for sure, I need to make sure my back is fully right, however long that takes. I need to just keep on it. I don't want to play my next match with a feeling of limitation because I think that I learned my lesson from this week, when to push, when not to push."
Next on Raducanu's schedule is the French Open. Raducanu has just less than two weeks to get ready for the French Open.