British teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu on Tuesday said her decision to retire mid-match in her fourth-round Wimbledon tie was based on medical advice after she “started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy”.
The 18-year-old Raducanu, whose unexpected progress at the major tournament had stunned fans, stopped playing while trailing in the second set of her match against Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday night.
Raducanu was visited by a trainer, then left the court for a medical timeout.
Eventually, the chair umpire announced Raducanu, who is of Chinese and Romanian heritage, would not continue because of a health issue, but did not specify why.
Explaining her withdrawal in a statement posted on social media, Raducanu said she had not been “well enough to carry on”.