Emma Raducanu lost to France’s Caroline Garcia in second-round.
The golden girl Emma Raducanu lost 6-3, 6-3 to France’s Caroline Garcia on Centre Court, thereby ending Emma Raducanu’s chances of winning Wimbledon.
The 19-year-old, who shot to prominence with her mesmerizing U.S. Open victory the previous year, did not play poorly.
Still, Garcia’s greater firepower was too much for her to handle.
Garcia, a former top-10 player with three grasscourt wins to her name, won the first set by upsetting Raducanu, the 10th seed, with her aggressive return game and strong serving.
She kept firing in the second set as Raducanu lost steam amid partisan backing.
When Raducanu broke Garcia to tie the set at 3-3, she gave her supporters hope for a comeback. Still, she lost service right after, giving the lead back.
A crosscourt backhand, Garcia’s 25th winner of the match, gave her a stunning triumph as she calmly held for 5-3 and broke the British player once again.
After a spectacular run to the fourth round the previous year, Raducanu’s preparation for her second Wimbledon was less than ideal as she battled a side injury that restricted her time on the court.
Expectations were increased after her initial victory against wily Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.
She may contend for the championship the last won by a British player, Virginia Wade, in 1977.
Garcia, though, provided a sobering reality check. Garcia was a far more dangerous opponent than her 55th rating would imply.
Regarding her debut appearance on Centre Court, Garcia remarked, “I was ready for this match.
“Emma is a highly talented player who showed in her home event that she can perform well on a large platform. So it’s appropriate that they support Emma; as usual, it brings back wonderful memories for me.”
A few cheers from the audience welcomed Garcia’s double-fault on the first point, but she seemed to have the match’s fate in her hands after that.
Early on, Raducanu did overcome a 2-0 disadvantage, but she seemed hurried as Garcia consistently went inside the baseline.
Finally, at 2-5, Raducanu saved a set point, but Garcia finished the first game in 39 minutes.
After then, Raducanu’s struggle was always going to be uphill; he seemed sad as the game dwindled.
Devika Chowdhury – She is a professional news editor, writer, and blogger for the last 10 years. She is working with NewsGater as an off-beat news editor cum writer.