Raducanu has been dealing with back problems as her body adjusts to the demands of competing on the pro tour every week, and the injury seemed to reach boiling point on Tuesday as she told the physio she “couldn’t move” before retiring with Andreescu leading 6-2 2-1. The US Open champion has now shared her fears over the upcoming French Open, as she races to recover in time to make her debut in Paris.
“Obviously I would not want to miss the French Open,” the 19-year-old said after the disappointing end to her debut in Rome. “I mean, the whole clay season leads up to it.” Raducanu was hoping a break between now and the start of the clay-court Grand Slam on May 22 would be enough for her body to recover, but admitted she couldn’t continue to push it if she was still struggling.
“I think the last few weeks have been really positive. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my game has definitely improved on this surface,” she continued. “But for sure I need to make sure my back is fully right, however long that takes. I need to just keep on it. I don’t want to play my next match with a feeling of limitation because I think that I learnt my lesson from this week, when to push, when not to push. Probably today wasn’t right.”
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