Emma Raducanu says she needs to cut herself “some slack” after defeat at Indian Wells
Emma Raducanu says she needs to cut herself some slack after the loss at Indian Wells.
Raducanu, 35, had to be carried from court after crashing out of the Women’s Tennis Association event in an epic semi-final against Victoria Azarenka.
Her match lasted more than four hours, before the Slovenian complained of being affected by gastroenteritis.
But her 8-6 (7-4) 6-7 (7-3) 9-7 defeat by the Belarusian will inevitably be remembered for Raducanu leaving court on a stretcher.
“I had to cut it a little bit of slack today,” Raducanu told reporters after her latest defeat.
“It wasn’t easy to come back from that, but there were no major issues.”
Raducanu has struggled with stomach problems since May, but said they “relaxed” towards the end of the match.
“I decided to leave the court because I felt better,” she added.
The 31-year-old Azarenka will now face Karolina Pliskova in the final at Indian Wells on Sunday.
Raducanu was considered a danger in the women’s draw after reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals and reaching the final in Auckland.
Raducanu was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive system, after being diagnosed with glandular fever at 14.
“I always felt like I’ve had this fight and this battle since I was young,” said Raducanu.