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Emma Raducanu’s start to the grass-court season lasted only seven games as she retired through injury from her opening match at the Nottingham Rothesay Open on Tuesday.
The US Open champion required a medical timeout after the first change of ends during her clash with Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic after suffering a problem to her left side.
She took painkillers and continued to play for a few more games, but threw in the towel while trailing 4-3 in the first set – the third time she has had to do so since winning the US Open in September.
Viktorija Golubic moves into the Nottingham last 16 after Raducanu is forced to retire through injury.
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Raducanu, who lost in the second round of the French Open a fortnight ago, has struggled with injury since her Flushing Meadows success as he has battled blisters at the start of the year and a back problem in recent weeks.
She also retired from her opening match at the Italian Open in May after she was unable to move due to a back issue and admitted at the time that she would only return to action if she is 100%.
The 19-year-old is scheduled to return to action next week at the Birmingham Classic.
Golubic will face Heather Watson in the round of 16 after the British No 2 defeated American Katie Volynets 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.
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