Wimbledon bosses defend late scheduling of Emma Raducanu’s fourth-round match

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Wimbledon bosses have defended the late scheduling of Emma Raducanu’s fourth-round match on Monday but said they were saddened by her second-set demise.

The 18-year-old had to receive medical treatment off court after struggling to breathe in comfortably the biggest match of her career against Ajla Tomljanovic.

There was criticism for the late timing of the match, which saw the players come on court at 8pm last night, with the winner returning to play again for the semi-finals at 4.30pm on Wednesday.

It leaves Tomljanovic at a disadvantage in her all-Australian clash against Ash Barty, while it was suggested in some quarters the late scheduling of the match on Monday may have played a role in Raducanu’s struggles.

In a statement, Wimbledon said: “We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery.

“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and in the years to come.

“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at the championships is a complex operation and, although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”

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