BRITISH number one Emma Raducanu has been forced to cut her season short after suffering a wrist injury causing her to withdraw from this week’s Transylvania Open.
Former US Open winner Emma Raducanu has had a season plagued by injuries which has been cut short by her latest setback. The 19-year-old was hoping to compete in two more tournaments including the Cluj-Napoca, but has broken her silence to say that she’s missing this year’s event.
The world number 67 suffered a first round defeat in defence of her US Open crown last month. However, she looked to have turned a corner winning three matches on her way to the semi-final at the recent Korea Open, but was forced to retire in the third set of the last four match with a left glute injury.
Despite her injury the teenager returned straight back to action in this week’s Agel Open in Czech Republic losing to world number 11 Daria Kasatkina 5-7,4-6. However, a planned trip to Romania for the Transylvania Open next week has been scrapped.
A message on the tournament’s Twitter feed said: “Sadly, Emma Raducanu is forced to withdraw from Transylvania Open due to a wrist injury. Get well fast, Emma! We’re looking forward to see you soon.” Raducanu was then planning to compete in the Cluj-Napoca tournament in Romania, her father’s homeland.
Emma Raducanu was competing in the Agel Open this week (Image: Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
In a brief Instagram post Raducanu said: “Sad to miss by Cluj friends this year,” followed by sad emoji. The Romanian tournament has a personal importance to the British star but she will have to wait until next year for another attempt at a desired victory.
This is the latest injury in an unfortunate year for Raducanu who also appeared to tweak her left side within the first few points of a match at the Nottingham Open in June and had multiple rounds of treatment on the court before retiring 3-4 down to Viktorija Golubic. She also retired at the Rome WTA 1000 a month earlier after being hampered by a back injury.
Meanwhile, the Brit’s first retirement of the season came in at the Abierto Akron Zapopan in Mexico after she suffered a hip injury. Raducanu has previously been open about the injuries which have caused her problems including blisters.
During the Billie Jean King Cup, she admitted the nature of her injury and explained she had been left with “no toenails” due to adapting to the clay courts. With the season drawing to a close in six weeks time at the ATP Tour Finals Raducanu’s latest injury could result in an early close to her campaign.