AUCKLAND, New Zealand ( Associated Press) — Shortly before the start of the Australian Open, Emma Radukanu injured her ankle and withdrew from her second-round match at the Auckland tournament on Thursday.
The reigning United States Open champion in 2021, the British took just 22 minutes to win the first set of her match 6-0 against Slovakia’s Viktoria Kusumova, coming from the qualifying stage.
However, they lost 7–5 in the second quarter. He then requested that the kinesiologist apply a heavy splint to his left ankle, during a long pause.
The 20-year-old tried to keep playing but could not even complete the first point of the third set. Through tears, he rushed towards the net and gave up the onslaught.
Raducanu was considered one of the tennis players with a bright future after her coronation at Flushing Meadows. Since then, injuries have plagued his career.
He withdrew from matches four times in 2022. Recently, he had to deal with a wrist injury.
Venus Williams raced to a 5-3 lead in the final set of a match that lasted almost seven hours after a long rain interruption. The experienced American then fell to China’s Zhu Lin 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Williams, 42, fought during the second-round matchup, which began outdoors after midday and ended after moving to an indoor court around 7 p.m.
Zhu had the upper hand in recent matches after 13 service breaks.
“It wasn’t great,” Williams said of her match. “It was definitely tough. I’ve played a lot of games in my life and I’ve been through some long delays, but this was definitely like playing two games.”
Another American, top seed Coco Gauff will meet Zhu in the quarterfinals after beating compatriot Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, 6-4, 6-4.
Gauff, ranked seventh, also had to play indoors. She won in just under 90 minutes and matched her record against Kenin, who had beaten her in Australia on her way to the crown.
Danka Kovinik (seeded seventh) beat defending champion Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Rebeka Masarova beat Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-4.