Emma Raducanu withdraws from Italian Open first round clash against Bianca Andreescu with back injury | Tennis News


The 2021 US Open winner and world number 12 trailed 6-2 2-1 when she retired against the Canadian, Raducanu telling a physio ‘I can’t move’; Novak Djokovic and Britain’s number 1 Cameron Norrie advance to the third round of the men’s draw

Last update: 05/10/22 6:35 p.m.

Emma Raducanu receives treatment on the pitch for a back injury that forced her to withdraw from her first-round match

Britain’s number one Emma Raducanu has been forced to withdraw from her Italian Open first round match with Bianca Andreescu due to a back injury.

The 2021 US Open winner and world number 12 led 6-2 2-1 when she retired against the Canadian, another former US Open winner, in 2019, who battled her own injury issues throughout his career.

Raducanu was hugging her when she took a medical timeout after losing 5-2, but returned to the court minutes later where the Canadian was keen to take the opening set.

Raducanu held serve at the start of the second set but looked uncomfortable again and this time made the decision to pull away when trailing 2-1 in the second, telling a physio : “I can not move.”

The 19-year-old had mixed results after winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open last year, but had an encouraging run in the clay-court season where she reached the quarters of final in Stuttgart and the last 16 in Madrid – the latter tournament also seeing her struggle with a back problem.

Barry Cowan has defended Emma Raducanu's decision to part ways with coach Torben Beltz after just five months with the German.

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Barry Cowan has defended Emma Raducanu’s decision to part ways with coach Torben Beltz after just five months with the German.

Barry Cowan has defended Emma Raducanu’s decision to part ways with coach Torben Beltz after just five months with the German.

Raducanu, who is currently without a full-time coach following his split from Torben Beltz last month, hopes to be back to full fitness by the time the French Open kicks off at Roland Garros in less than a fortnight.

Djokovic and Brit Norrie advance in the men’s draw

In the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic kicked off his quest for a sixth Italian Open title and defense of his world No. 1 ranking with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Aslan Karatsev in the second round.

Novak Djokovic returns the ball in his second round win over Aslan Karatsev at the Italian Open

Novak Djokovic returns the ball in his second round win over Aslan Karatsev at the Italian Open

Djokovic must reach the semi-finals to remain world number one, having missed several tournaments due to his coronavirus vaccination status. Otherwise, he will lose top spot in the standings to Russian Daniil Medvedev for the second time this year.

It was a fairly clean performance from Djokovic, who had just 10 unforced errors to Karatsev’s 36, as he continues his quest for a maiden title in 2022.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will face either three-time champion Stan Wawrinka or fellow countryman Laslo Djere in the next round.

Elsewhere, there was also a straight win for Britain’s number one and ninth seed Cameron Norrie, who beat wildcard Luca Nardi 6-4 6-4 to set up a third-round clash with Marin Cilic.

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