EMMA RADUCANU needed the physio during her second round match in Portoroz.

Emma Raducanu was forced to call the physio after losing the first set of her second-round match at the Slovenia Open. The top seed led Anna-Lena Friedsam 5-3 but lost four games on the bounce as the German took the opener 7-5, with Raducanu needing a medical time out to get her left thigh heavily bandaged up.

Emma Raducanu is playing in her first tournament since crashing out of the US Open in the first round, after arriving in New York as the defending champion. Now down to No 83 in the world as a result, she is beginning her climb back up the rankings at this week’s WTA 250 event in Portoroz.

The Brit played an impressive first match against Dayana Yastremska and was leading 6-2 5-3 30-0 when the Ukrainian injured her wrist and was forced to retire. And she started strong in the second round aganst Friedsam, leading 5-3 before losing four successive games to drop the opening set.

Raducanu then called the physio to the court, requiring a medical time out as she had her left thigh heavily strapped before continuing the match in the second set. It appeared to work, as she broke to start set number two and was also given anti-inflammatories though did not take a second and final medical time out as her leg continued to bother her.

Emma Raducanu heavily

The top seed in Portoroz then raced to force a decider as she took the second set 6-0, though things became more competitive in the third and final set. Raducanu could still be seen shaking her leg out, and shouted in frustration when the qualifier held for a 2-1 lead after one of her shots was called out, disagreeing with the decision.

“No, no, no, no, no,” she cried. “No way, that’s the biggest hook I’ve ever seen,” she added, referencing what she believed was a backhand shot that curled down onto the line, but the umpire called it out with Friedsam also raising her hand to challenge when she thought there was no call coming.

Emma Raducanu heavily

Emma Raducanu is bidding to reach her third quarter-final of the season after reaching the last eight at the Citi Open in Washington over the summer, and in her first official clay tournament in Stuttgart earlier this year. She has already added another WTA 250 event to her schedule for next month as she bids to climb back up the rankings after falling 72 places on Monday.

Raducanu will return to the Transylvania Open in her father’s home country of Romania when the tournament begins on October 10. And after advancing to the second roun in Potoroz, she is already back up to world No 74 in the live rankings.

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