A true champion Wimbledon fans blown away as Raducanu opens up to Sue Barker about exit

Emma Raducanu recalls her on-court experience at Wimbledon

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Emma Raducanu has undoubtedly become one of this year’s Wimbledon’s most talked-about stars. After entering the tournament as a wildcard and ranked 338th in the world prior to it beginning, the 18-year-old has left BBC viewers in awe as she sailed through all the way to the final 16. However, on Monday, July 5, Raducanu was forced to withdraw from her match with Ajla Tomljanovic following medical advice as the teen had “difficulty breathing”. Nevertheless, she joined presenter Sue Barker on Tuesday to give an update.

“We were very worried about you,” Sue said during the interview. “It must’ve been very scary for you. How tough was it?”

Raducanu replied: “I think that in the moment, I mean on court one, the atmosphere was just once again incredible to play in front of.

“I’m obviously very disappointed that I couldn’t finish the match. I really, really wanted to be able to compete and try my best.

“But the medical advice was to pull out and yeah, I followed it because I think that their advice was the best in the end.”

Sue went on to ask the Wimbledon star what it was she was feeling on the court, to which Raducanu explained: “I found it very difficult to regulate my breathing.

“I think that it was emphasised by some very long rallies that we had towards the end of the first set.

“It made it tough for me to keep my composure and the breathing in check.”

Delving further into the details, Raducanu continued: “Then at the beginning of the second set was when I struggled with (her breathing) the most and called the trainer on.”

“Do you actually know what caused it?” Sue asked, to which the tennis pro replied: “No, I don’t know what caused it.

“I think that it was a combination of everything that’s gone on behind the scenes over the past week,

“And an accumulation of the excitement, the buzz, and you know, it’s a great learning experience for me going forward.

“Next time, going forward, I’ll be better prepared,” Raducanu added before thanking the organisers of the tournament to be able to play on such a stage.

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And while Sue was full of admiration for the tennis player, hundreds watching at home also expressed their praise for her to speak so openly just one day after her exit.

“Huge admiration for Emma Raducanu to do that interview with Sue Barker after everything,” one fan said on Twitter. “Glad to hear she’s feeling better. Came across so well. #Wimbledon.”

A second echoed: “Very well spoken in interview with Sue Barker. A true champion, @EmmaRaducanu.”

While a third agreed: “Very good to see @EmmaRaducanu looking healthy in her interview with Sue Barker on BBC1. 

“Bright future ahead. Excited to see how she goes over the next few months,” they added.

A fourth weighed in: “What a great interview just now by Sue Barker on @BBCOne with #EmmaRadacanu at #Wimbledon2021 Not just #tennis loved the one about the #Eng shirt.”

And a fifth concurred: “The fabulous @EmmaRaducanu coming across so mature and so considered in her interview with Sue Barker, who is asking all the right questions.

“Lovely touch to wear an @England shirt too. #Wimbledon #bbctennis.”

Wimbledon coverage continues daily on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer.

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