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Derby County legend sends contract application to current Ram amid Championship interest

Former Derby County winger Alan Hinton has urged Curtis Davies to extend his stay at Pride Park for at least another year after his admirable performances last season, taking to Twitter to make that plea . The 37-year-old played in all 46 of the East Midlands side's 46 league games last season and although the Rams […] (Author: Gardener)

Derby CountyFormer Derby County winger Alan Hinton has urged Curtis Davies to extend his stay at Pride Park for at least another year after his admirable performances last season, taking to Twitter to make that plea . The 37-year-old played in all 46 of the East Midlands side's 46 league games last season and although the Rams were relegated to League One it did not reflect the veteran's performances as the veteran defender remained solid at back. In fact, his defensive solidity played a big part in keeping Wayne Rooney's side almost safe, despite having to close a 21-point deficit as the club sanctioned two points in the 2021-22 season. However, his contract expires in one fell swoop this summer for the Rams and with an ongoing takeover, with worrying reports Chris Kirchner's deal is at risk of falling apart, they won't be able to offer him any new terms. Bristol City and Hull are two sides believed to be keeping an eye on his situation and potentially allowing him an escape from Pride Park as uncertainty lingers over the future of the East Midlands team. The Tigers have reportedly been in talks with the 37-year-old and while a move was deemed unlikely, this morning's takeover reports could open the door for Shota Arveladze's side to reach an agreement. Hinton is a man keen to keep Davies, and before this latest takeover disclosure broke, he said: "Stay in Derby County at least another year. Stay in Derby County for at least another year. It would be a real coup if Derby could now tie him to a new deal considering the off-field turmoil is set to continue - and there comes a point where Davies must continue for his own sake, despite Hinton and others at Derby -Fans rightly want to hold him down. However, the 37-year-old is at a point in his career where he can probably afford to wait a few more weeks until the Rams' future becomes clearer before either signing new terms or moving on. But pre-season starts in just a few weeks and the veteran defender will certainly be cautious, so it will be interesting to see if he makes the leap back to the second tier if the opportunity arises. His commitment to Derby's cause cannot be questioned and at this point many of the relegated supporters wouldn't blame him if he continued with the Robins and the Tigers, two potentially attractive options. With Nigel Pearson's side already moving quickly to secure some smart deals, he could enjoy an exciting 2022/23 season at Ashton Gate. And the other possible option is reuniting with his old club at the MKM Stadium, with the East Yorkshire side seemingly on the rise after acquiring Acun Ilicali.

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Reading were tipped to follow Derby in their relegation to League One next season

Reading FC are being pointed out by many as struggling in the 2022/23 Championship after struggling against relegation and severe restrictions in the transfer market last year (Author: Gardener)

DerbyThe Reading FC prediction and Derby County comparison that Paul Ince has to use as motivation. Reading FC are by many pegged as struggling in the 2022/23 Championship after struggling against relegation last year as well as severe restrictions in the Derby County transfer market Last year, Derby County were relegated to League One 2021/22 Get latest transfers, team -News, game updates and analysis from the royals straight to your inbox. Something went wrong, please try again later. Thank you for subscribing!We have more newslettersShow meReading FC has a tip to follow Derby County as they relegate to League One ahead of the upcoming 2022/23 Championship season. They have lost star midfielder John Swift on a free transfer to West Brom, while talks are ongoing with a number of players who are out of contract at the end of the month about extending their stays. READ MORE: Reading linked striker released by QPR There are currently just nine players at Reading for the new season and beyond, which has left many fearing for the club's chances in the coming months. Ryan Dilks and Justin Peach of The Second Tier podcast have spoken out about the royals' prospects and aren't too hopeful for Paul Ince and his players. "I'm getting more and more worried about next season given the transfer news I've seen and everything that's going on at the club," Dilks explained. "We all knew that was going to happen anyway, but Lucas Joao has also been linked with a move, which Reading may just have to accept because they need money...if they lose Lucas Joao and John Swift in the same summer they're stuffed." Dilks co-host Peach believes there are certain similarities between the Royals and Derby County, who have been demoted to League One. Like Reading, the Rams have serious financial problems and ended up without points last season. Luckily, Royals Peach says the club must do everything they can to avoid going down the same path as Wayne Rooney's side: "They [Reading] are following Derby's example," he said. "Derby only prevented relegation on the last matchday of the 2020/21 season, a big squad exodus with no budget and deduction, they were the favorites to go down. "Read unfortunately goes in the same direction.

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Derby's staff, fans, players and Rooney deserve answers over fears of a takeover

The latest Derby County news from Derbyshire Live brings you to the takeover woes the Rams are facing amid fears over Kirchner's deal (Author: Gardener)

DerbyGet the latest Derby County news from Derbyshire Live, commenting on the takeover woes the Rams face amid fears over Kirchner's deal Get the latest Rams takeovers, team news, game updates and analysis straight to your inbox. Something went wrong, please try again later. Thanks for subscribing!We have more newsletterShow meThe last nine months in Derby County have tested the patience of a fan base who have rightly feared the worst for the club's future. Hopes and dreams were stifled by a financial implosion of such proportions that it will go down as the club's darkest chapter. READ MORE: Derby County suffered transfer setback as manager doesn't rule out move No one will forget the thousands who embarked on Derby County's safe march, which was a triumph to underscore deep feelings for the club the they adore. The staff have been great too, despite all the uncertainty that has engulfed Pride Park, and have shown incredible professionalism in times of crisis. On the pitch, the players gave everyone a temporary respite from the turbulence with performances that would have saved them from relegation to the Championship had they not been deducted 21 points. They have been led by a great manager in Wayne Rooney who has shown tremendous leadership, not to mention loyalty, given the limitations he has endured. When Chris Kirchner shared on social media two weeks ago that he was in the final stages of his much-anticipated acquisition, the nightmare seemed to be over. Any issues the Football League needed to address had been resolved and the crucial pieces of paperwork that needed to be completed had his signature. But to date, the funds needed to complete the deal have yet to reach the UK, prolonging the agony in what is expected to be a crucial 24 hours. It is alleged that the financial bureaucracy held up the deal given the amount of money Kirchner transferred across the Atlantic. Sources with knowledge of the deal have stressed that the money left Kirchner's account as his camp is optimistic the issues can be resolved. Given the events of the past nine months and after acquisitions that previously collapsed in the final stages, nobody can blame them for saying they've heard it all before. An update is awaited, and not for the first time in an agonizing saga, we seem to be reaching another critical juncture in the fight to save Derby County. For the fans, the staff, the players and Rooney, it's the least they deserve. What do you think of the Chris Kirchner saga?

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Fears about Derby County takeover mount while TWO other buyers wait

American Chris Kirchner told fans last week that the US and UK holidays had complicated the process, but despite his reassurances, sources close to the process are concerned. (Author: Gardener)

Derby CountyFears of a collapse in the Derby County takeover are mounting after expected buyer Chris Kirchner failed to provide the funds to complete the deal at "several" meetings last week. The American entrepreneur told fans on Twitter that bank holidays in the US and UK had made the process difficult. But despite his assurances, parties close to the deal have told Sportsmail they are now concerned it may not go ahead at all after failing to reach financial close on Friday and again on Monday. There were "several proposed completion times and he missed them all," a source said. It is a totally unacceptable situation.” Previously, the EFL said it expects the purchase to be completed by May 31. Today, according to Talksport, Kirchner plays golf in the UK but declined an invitation from the station to go on the air and explain the situation to Derby County fans. "He tells me he's not getting wobbly..." presenter Jim White told listeners this morning. "Nevertheless, bring this matter to an end. What he said was that Derby fans still trust me to pull this off. 'But said he's playing a round of golf. Do you think his mind would be on getting that thing over the line? "He says to me, 'I'm going for a round of golf, derby fans don't be down... I'm still here. "You can make calls from your buggy [on the golf course]," added Simon Jordan, co-host and former Crystal Palace owner, who said he believes Kirchner has the money to close the deal, given that he Proof of Funds have been submitted to Administrators and EFL. "Tell your bank manager to transfer the money. "If you work in a logistics company, which he is, I would have thought that the logistics of a bank transfer wouldn't be particularly difficult," Jordan continued. "And I can't quite understand why that should be the case, holiday season permitting... It fills me with a bit of trepidation." Rescuing Derby County from administration was long and painful. Fans suffered repeated bouts of desperation for eight long months, during which the club also suffered a 21-point deduction and relegation to League One. The club went into administration last September after former owner Mel Morris overspent on promotion to the Premier League. The East Midlands outfit had huge debts of around £60m plus other money owed to Morris. Any buyer for the club not only had to address the debt to get the Rams out of administration while still complying with EFL bankruptcy rules, but also struck a deal through Pride Park, which remains in Morris' ownership. Kirchner seemed to have succeeded where others had failed. His proposal to settle the debt was accepted by administrator Quantuma and he received the EFL's blessing. The EFL gave Kirchner “conditional approval” to take over Derby County in mid-May, then required proof of funding and appeared satisfied. “Final approval is subject to Mr Kirchner entering into the asset purchase agreement and completing a transaction relating to the lease of the stadium by 31 May 2022,” the then-EFL added. Local company Clowes Developments, whose chairman David Clowes describes himself as a staunch supporter of Derby County, agreed to buy Pride Park from Morris and lease it to Kirchner. Sportsmail has been told the deal between Clowes and Morris is signed and the money is in place. All Kirchner has to do is put his money on the table and the acquisition can close, sources say. At the time of writing, no date has been set for another final meeting, which only adds to the unease. "The custodian has to make a decision as to at which point he's saying you haven't raised the money, you haven't met the terms of the deal," a source said. On May 27, Kirchner tweeted "official closure Tuesday" [March 31]. May]. However, when this did not happen, Kirchner withdrew last Thursday [Feb. June] to allay fan concerns. "End of May was selected for planning for the EFL... and all together didn't think of the three bank holidays combined this week. While Kirchner has not commented since, those close to the American's bid insist the delay was related to logistical issues surrounding the holiday and not a lack of funds. But if Kirchner doesn't go ahead, Sportsmail reckons there are two other interested parties watching and could yet rush the Rams. One of them is said to be former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley. Reports over the weekend claiming that Ashley approached Kirchner to help finalize his deal were dismissed by those close to the process. Ashley has retained an interest in Derby throughout the long saga but appeared to have missed it after the EFL gave Kirchner conditional approval to take over. Last week, Ashley was pursuing interests in the retail market. If Ashley is to make a similar offer for Derby at the last minute, it must come soon and will depend on Kirchner dropping out. With the League One season set to begin on July 30, manager Wayne Rooney's clock is ticking to secure the players he wants to keep and bring in those he believes can help the Rams fire back into the championship. Rooney, who has won plenty of praise for his football and crisis management at Derby, but he needs new ownership to put together a viable squad. "Anyone else feel like nothing's going to happen?" asked concerned fan Jamie Needham on Twitter Tuesday. "Do you think Mike Ashley is stopping the takeover?" asks supporter Dan Fowler. - CK provided proof of funding? Approve Efl Business Plan? All papers signed and money transferred? No holidays this week? And Ian Redfern wrote: "If Kirchner is having such a hard time closing a deal for #dcfc that proposes most of the old debt repayments be made via a 3 year CVA, just wait until he actually does that debt." have to pay!

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Emma Raducanu expected to be fit for Wimbledon after fears of injury

Emma Raducanu expected to be fit for Wimbledon after fears of injury (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu is expected to be fit for Wimbledon after fears of injury - GETTY IMAGES A scan showed the 'freaky' side strain that forced her to withdraw from her first-round match of the Rothesay Open Nottingham on Tuesday wasn't serious - although she was was ruled out of next week's warm-up event in Birmingham. She planned her comeback at the last pre-Wimbledon tournament in Eastbourne a week before the championships. She said: "It was disappointing going out with a side injury this week and unfortunately I won't be able to play at Birmingham again. However, I look forward to being back on the field soon to enjoy the remainder of the grass court season." Rothesay Classic Birmingham Tournament Director Patrick Hughesman added: "Obviously it is a great shame that our British tennis fans this year won't get the opportunity to see Emma play in front of a home crowd at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham. "However, it's totally understandable considering she picked up an injury and is obviously trying to recover from it. We wish her a speedy recovery to full fitness so hopefully she can play the rest of the grass court season.” Raducanu admitted on Tuesday that she had “no idea” if she would be fit for Wimbledon after her injury curse struck again. Missing out on the Championships would be arguably the biggest setback of the 19-year-old's young career and would deny her a chance to make amends after being forced to end her historic run early in the second week of her debut last year. In her first home game since last year's tournament, she had to retire after just under half an hour in her match against Viktorija Golubic after suffering an "absolute freak" strain in the opening game. Emma Raducanu of Great Britain receives medical treatment during the Women's Singles first round match of Day 4 of the Rothesay Open at Nottingham Tennis Center on June 07, 2022 in Nottingham, England - Getty Images Europe But in the second match , I called the physio and at the first change she tried to do some work. "I clearly couldn't serve and because of the location I need him for everything to turn, move, serve, even breathe in and out. So I just couldn't really do anything.” Raducanu's retirement was her third of the year, and not a month had gone by without her suffering an injury or two. "I'm obviously disappointed and it's really unlucky sometimes because I feel like I've done a really good job and it's almost like you just want to take a break or something," she added. "I feel like right now I can just focus on what I'm doing and I think I'm doing a lot of good work and I just have to have faith that it's going to come and right now it's there happens for a reason and I'm right where I need to be.

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Gowns, hot shots and growing pains

This time last year, an unknown tennis player from south-west London was playing a match in Nottingham. The 18-year-old had just graduated from high school and it was her (Author: Gardener)

last yearThis time last year, an unknown tennis player from south-west London was playing a match in Nottingham. The 18-year-old had just graduated from high school and it was her first match on the WTA tour. Three months later, Emma Raducanu won the US Open. The world No. 11 was back in Nottingham yesterday, playing her first competitive game on British soil since triumphing at Flushing Meadows. She is now Emma Raducanu MBE, multi-millionaire, global superstar and one of the British icons chosen to record a jubilee message for the Queen. Raducanu was born in Toronto but her parents, Ian and Renee, moved to London when she was two years old. An only child, she began playing tennis at age five, got her first coach at six, and, to the annoyance of some neighbors, spent hours upon hours with her father on the street outside the family home, next to a sign that said "No Ball Games." "After At the US Open, they were very happy I did," she told Telegraph Magazine last month. After her US Open win, she recorded a message in fluent Mandarin for her Chinese fans, but had less success than she tried Italian, and when asked if she had learned any of the language while in Rome for the Italian Open, she charmed millions by innocently answering yes: “che cazzo” – slang for “what the f ***". Her ill-fated debut at Nottingham last summer was enough to earn her a wildcard entry into her first Grand Slam, Wimbledon. She reached the last 16 before falling during a ne game with breathing difficulties, leading John McEnroe to speculate the experience was becoming "a little too much" for her. Hopefully, he added, she would learn from the experience. Two days after her US Open win, she walked the red carpet at the Met Gala wearing Tiffany diamonds and Chanel. Her social media followers had started to climb to the 2.3 million on Instagram they are at today, and she has said she makes a conscious choice to never read the comments below her posts. Shortly after earning an A-star in math and an A in economics, she won an invitation to the James Bond premiere of No Time To Die, to which she wore floor-length Dior. Meanwhile, a Gentoo penguin was named Raducanu in her honor at the London Aquarium. Today she has signed multi-million pound endorsement deals with a range of brands including Tiffany & Co, Porsche, Evian, Dior, British Airways and Vodafone. When she competed in the US Open, there was £44 in her company account. Eddie Jones, the head coach of England rugby union, said late last year Raducanu had been weighed down by commercial "distractions", although he later wrote to her to clarify his comments. Raducanu withdrew from the Nottingham Open with a freak injury Raducanu responded by saying the criticism was undeserved. She could train 12 hours a day, she said, but once she posts on social media, "all of a sudden it's like, 'I don't focus on tennis' or whatever. She was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2021, the first tennis player to win since Virginia Wade in 1977, and told The Daily Telegraph that far from being distracted by her tennis, she was five hours am Trained day, four days a day week. It is, she said recently, “not the finished product at all. "I'm still 19, I've already won a Grand Slam and I can kind of take my time," she told the Daily Mail. She split from her coach two weeks after the US Open, has since parted ways with two others and is without a coach. Since then, she hasn't won more than two matches at a tournament. She lost her first match after the US Open, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California in October in straight sets, but reached the quarterfinals of a WTA tournament in Romania later that month. ● Annabel Croft on the pressures Raducanu is under ● Raducanu: Luck gives me an edge Paradoxically, last year was her first on the professional circuit despite already being a Grand Slam champion, which Annabel Croft, a former British No.1, to point out that she did it all back-to-front "and now has this massive target on her back." Raducanu, who still lives at home with her parents, recently told a magazine that she barely spends two or three days a month at home because she travels the world in her first year as a professional player. I'm just a normal kid, a normal 19-year-old.” Ready to start the season at three events in Australia in January, she retired from the first in Melbourne, lost the first round in Sydney and crashed in the second round at the Australian Open. In April, she reached the quarterfinals on her debut on clay in Stuttgart and reached the last 16 at the Madrid Open, but retired from the Italian Open last month with a back injury. Acknowledging the physical demands of her first tour were grueling, she said: "It's definitely a lot of work to stay at the top." called, suffered "freak injury." "I think I pulled something," she said. With Wimbledon set to start in less than three weeks, Raducanu's participation is suddenly in question. She recently said she hopes to play tennis for as long as possible and at just 19 she still has everything to play for.

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Why does Emma Raducanu keep getting hurt?

Raducanu is coming off an injury-hit year and there are growing concerns about her fitness and endurance (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu's injury curse has struck again after she was forced to withdraw from her Rothesay Open Nottingham first-round match against Viktorija Golubic, raising serious doubts about her suitability for Wimbledon. But what has happened, will she be fit for Wimbledon and - having also retired from games with hip and back problems - why does she keep collapsing? Raducanu suffered from what she described as an "absolute freak" in side strain in the game's opening game, and after intensive treatment she valiantly continued to play before finally succumbing to the pain. dr Ralph Rogers, a consultant in regenerative orthopedics and sports medicine and a former first-team doctor at Chelsea Football Club, told Telegraph Sport: "The only thing I can think of, although I haven't seen it, is that it's some sort of abdominal strain. an acute burden. Because that's how these things happen.” Unlikely if it's this type of injury, said Dr. Rogers. "If it's that kind of strain, it most likely wouldn't allow her to play, or wouldn't allow her to play effectively." He added, "There's a thing I refer to a lot called the 'iceberg principle' refer to when I speak to my patients. And what happened, when you look at the tip of the iceberg just out of the water, it's like, "I feel great." When someone gets injured, after 10 days or so they say, "I feel great." But what happens is that the body underneath is still healing. And during that time you still haven't reconditioned, you still haven't played your four to six hours of tennis, you still haven't hit the ball. "Classically, especially in competitive athletes — maybe not so much in professional athletes these days because they're actually being held back — they come back too quickly and they hurt themselves again," he said. "And what we don't want to see is that she's injured to the point where she can't even play at the US Open. This type of injury can be quite devastating, especially if it develops scar tissue. It's not the kind of thing you can inject with a local anesthetic to calm it down because that will only damage it more. Let's say you numb this type of muscle injury somehow. "That's the question I would ask," said Dr. Rogers. Is she getting enough fitness? Does she have to retreat to go forward?" He added, "Let's say it's an abdominal strain. Is it a back problem? Or if someone had abdominal tension and then had back problems, these are certainly related. If they have these, who says they can't have a hamstring problem too?

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Iga Swiatek's turf record gives hope to others, but Emma Raducanu has concerns of her own

Swiatek is the favorite to win the women's singles while Emma Raducanu is among the underdogs hoping to challenge the world no (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuJessica Pegula declared "help us all" as Iga Swiatek brought her winning streak into the clay court season and we all know how that ended. And so, a penny for the thoughts of the pursuers, now Wimbledon is upon us, with the most relevant question in women's tennis: can anyone stop Swiatek? The 21-year-old extended her unbeaten run to 35 games when she won a second French Open earlier this month and added the Grand Slam to her list of titles for 2022 after also triumphing in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome would have. Her best performance at Wimbledon last year was a fourth-round elimination, while her aggregate record on grass is 4-4, having played just eight games at the top level on the surface. The relatively short grass season also means there is little time to adjust after two months on clay and with Wimbledon starting on June 27, Swiatek may only have one warm-up tournament behind them. "I want to stay home for at least a week, so I'm going to do that," said Swiatek, who only played at Eastbourne before Wimbledon last year. “We have some grass pitches, probably two pitches, maybe an hour and a half from Warsaw. Well I don't know, I haven't spoken to my coach. It's usually his choice. "My coach thinks I can win more games on grass. I do not know that yet. It's something refreshing.” However, SW19 was the scene of Swiatek's only junior Grand Slam title in 2018 and the absence of now-retired defending champion Ashleigh Barty improves her prospects. A trio of challengers are hoping to outdo them, at least according to the bookies, and the fact that their odds are in the double digits tells you how strong a Swiatek favorite is. Coco Gauff is a contender, with the 18-year-old American twice reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon but recently reaching her first Grand Slam final at the French Open - where she lost to Swiatek in straight sets. With no ranking points offered, the roster will be in the spotlight, but Naomi Osaka is ready to play and must always be considered a contender at any Slam she enters. However, the four-time Major winner is yet to get past the third round in three tries and may need a favorable draw to gain momentum in her quest for a first Wimbledon crown. Then there's Simona Halep, also at 14-1, who knows what it takes to win at Wimbledon. The Romanian won the 2019 title at the All England Club, surpassing the majority of her rivals in terms of experience, having reached the Wimbledon quarters four times and appearing in five Grand Slam finals in total. Home hope Emma Raducanu is rated 19-1 with her participation in doubt as a side strain forced her to withdraw from the Nottingham Open. Obviously the bookmakers want Swiatek to win. If Barty were to defend her title the odds would be different, but alas - the cricket- and golf-crazy Australian has made her move to grazing - and sport - new.

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Let Emma Raducanu loosen up a little!

COMMENT FROM IAN HERBERT: Watching the 19-year-old up close is meant to appreciate what her immaculate social media profile doesn't reveal - that she's little more than a girl. (Author: Gardener)

19-year-oldThe big build up was well intentioned but Emma Raducanu winced as she warmed up for her first grass game of the summer. The Nottingham Open court announcer listed their performances, saying he would have sent anyone who would have predicted them a year ago for "some sort of assessment of their understanding of reality", before adding that this "put expectations sky high drifted, maybe unbelievably high". The teenager in question was simply trying to hit tennis balls with Viktorija Golubic before embarking on a summer in the white heat of domestic testing. To observe the 19-year-old up close is to appreciate what the impeccable social media profile and blue-chip companies' desperation for a piece of her doesn't reveal — that she's little more than a girl. She speaks off the cuff, openly and without the pre-calculation and self-respect that we are so used to in top-level sport, because this world hardly knows her. She had never hit a ball in a WTA event while playing at Nottingham last summer. When her attempt to build something lasting and tangible out of her US Open triumph hit another hole in the road on Tuesday, it was hard to avoid feeling like she needed the consistency of a constant coach to guide her along the way helps. Her winter - during which she would have expected to continue putting her game together - was shattered by Covid and a series of injuries that have never given her a chance to get started. It was revealing to hear Raducanu say, when asked if she felt her big Open win came too soon, that she felt like she was doing everything "backwards". She has never played center court and has never won a minor tour tournament. She's barely started. Before starting her awkward 35 minutes against Golubic, we saw Nottingham Tournament top seed and world No. 5 Greek Maria Sakkari. She looked on a different level physically and mentally than Raducanu as she sped past Colombia's Camila Osorio. If Raducanu does make it to Wimbledon it won't take us much imagination to know what her performance there will be like. You can expect a range of teatime games on Center Court for the BBC's optimum audience. It's hard to put the brakes on the life she's gotten to know now. As a top 20 player in the world and without the Russians, she is expected to assert herself against opponents deemed less challenging. But if it's humanly possible, we can help her by lowering expectations in a way the court spokesman didn't.

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Raducanu suffers a 'freak' injury less than three weeks before Wimbledon

The British No.1 suffers what she describes as an "absolute freak" injury when she pulled a muscle in the first game of her season's opening game on grass (Author: Gardener)

less than three weeksNOTTINGHAM - Emma Raducanu will have a "freak" injury examined, which she picked up during her first competitive game on home soil in 11 months, which could determine whether she will be fit for Wimbledon. Raducanu was drawn against Swiss world No. 55 Viktorija Golubic in the first round of the Rothesay Open in Nottingham, the event where she made her WTA debut exactly a year ago to the day. The British No.1 was the biggest draw of the tournament but crowds were left stunned after she was forced to retire after 35 minutes after just seven games. Raducanu later revealed she sustained the injury on her left side in the game's opening game, but tried to get over the pain for half an hour before shaking hands and retiring. I think I pulled something, I'm not really sure what exactly happened," Raducanu said. Raducanu was immediately fractured and while she broke back the British No.1 took a medical break on the very first sit down and received a second round of treatment to escalate the problem. Her condition didn't seem to be improving and she was broken for the third time in the match, after which Raducanu was eliminated. With Friday's Wimbledon draw two weeks away, the US Open champion is in something of a race against time to diagnose the problem and then recover. Raducanu has withdrawn from three different tournaments in the past five months, most recently in the second set of her Italian Open match against Bianca Andreescu. That was a back injury she admitted threatened her participation in the French Open at Roland Garros, where she reached the second round before losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. She admitted in Paris that she's still "learning about my body" but insisted after this latest setback that she doesn't think it's linked to the back problems that seemed to dog her during the clay-court season. Raducanu showed little sign of the injury at Roland Garros and looked comfortable on the pitch in Monday's training session before running competitively in front of her home crowd for the first time since Wimbledon last year. And she admitted playing in front of a home crowd was one of the reasons she tried to continue despite the injury hampering her every move. "I was like, 'I don't know how to do this,'" Raducanu said. "But if you do something [resign] in the first game, people will say, 'Well, why did you go on the pitch'. "I definitely tried to get through but in the second game I called the physio and on the first change she tried to do some work but even from there she told me it was going to be really difficult to continue."

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