Raducanu’s nan’s heartfelt advice after her collapse at Wimbledon

Tennis star Emma Raducanu ’s grandmother has revealed the heartfelt advice she gave to the young Briton after she collapsed at Wimbledon.

Raducanu was forced to withdraw from her last 16 match against Ajla Tomljanovic in what was her first Grand Slam tournament.

The withdrawal came after she showed obvious signs of a struggle to breath before slumping down in her courtside chair and calling on a trainer.

She had been trailing 4-6 0-3 to Ajla Tomljanovic, but left the court to receive further treatment, before it was announced she would not be returning.

There was widespread concern for Raducanu after her withdrawal, but she has bounced back from that setback in remarkable fashion.

Last week, she defeated Leylah Fernandez in straight sets to win the US Open championship, becoming the first every qualifier to do so.

Astonishingly, she did not lose a single game during her run to her first Grand Slam title, which also made her the first British woman to win a singles title for 44 years.

But Raducanu’s win may not have happened had she listened to her grandmother’s advice following her Wimbledon withdrawal.

That is because Niculina Raducanu had told her granddaughter to quit the sport altogether after becoming visibly distressed against Tomljanovic.

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“I asked her parents if she should quit tennis,” she told the Daily Mail.

“Because what if something should happen to Emma?' she asks, her concern reflected in the eyes peering over her face mask. 'Her health is more important (than wealth or fame).

“The court she played on that day had a roof over it because it was raining, and she felt she couldn't breathe.”

Luckily for the young Raducanu and for British women’s tennis, the 18-year-old elected to not follow her grandmother’s advice.

She put in another dominant display at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, to defeat Canadian Fernandez 6-4 6-3.

While more than nine million people in Britain watched Raducanu’s famous win in Flushing Meadows, her grandmother did not join them from her native Romania.

“The night she won the U.S. Open, I couldn't watch because my heart couldn't take it,” she added.

“I said to myself: 'This match is going to be a really tough one,' so I decided not to watch it.

“I only found out the news the next day, and I was delighted she was strong and healthy, and that her mind was healthy also — especially after what happened the last time [at Wimbledon].

“When I talked to my son, I was happy for him. He would have been so disappointed if she'd have lost after all the work and resources they'd put into this.”

The win in only her second Grand Slam ensured she became British Number One and moved up to number 23 in the world rankings.

Raducanu’s next chance to add to her Grand Slam trophy collection will come in January 2022 at the Australian Open.

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