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Emma Raducanu beaten in second round at Wimbledon after 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Caroline Garcia of France

Emma Raducanu's Wimbledon hopes are over following a 6-3, 6-3 second round defeat to France's Caroline Garcia.

The Orpington teenager, who reached the fourth round at SW19 last year before winning the US Open in New York two months later, has struggled for results since then and Wednesday's Centre Court defeat makes it three successive round two Grand Slam exits after early losses at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

Emma Raducanu has yet to win a second-round match at a Grand Slam this year
Emma Raducanu has yet to win a second-round match at a Grand Slam this year

"I didn't have many expectations coming into Wimbledon and playing on Centre Court again was another great experience that I can take forward," said 10th seed Raducanu, who overcame a side strain injury scare to make only her second All England Club appearance.

"It's tough to lose any match but she played a great game and I struggled to find a way through her.

"I was fully fit when I walked out on court on the first day but I've played seven hours of tennis in a month, so to win a round at Wimbledon is still a pretty good achievement."

After a month most players could only dream about last September, Wednesday's defeat was a reality check in only her second-ever match on Centre Court.

Garcia ruthlessly dismantled Raducanu's game with a series of pounding ground strokes and thumping winners. The former world No.4 slammed down 13 aces, while Raducanu struggled to find her range and rhythm in blustery conditions. She had more double faults than aces, four to three, while she won just over half her points on first serve.

That statistic alone she would lead to defeat against virtually any player in the world's top 100, with Garcia 44 places below the British No.1 in the current rankings.

Home expectation comes with the territory at Wimbledon but Raducanu pointed out this was no shock defeat. This was Garcia's 84th singles match in a major tournament, in contrast Raducanu has played only 15.

In addition she has barely trained since her exit from the French Open and the foundation of her US Open win was matches, 10 in just over a fortnight taking her from qualifying to the trophy in a sporting story that still sounds like the stuff of fantasy.

And in a quirk of the rankings, despite this defeat, Raducanu will leave Wimbledon having cracked the world's top 10 for the first time. There are silver linings for a player who needs time and patience to find her place.

"I don't feel any pressure, I'm still 19, I've already won a Slam and no one is ever taking that away from me," she added.

"I need to look at what's not working, what my weaknesses are. I'm getting lessons every week and that's a positive thing.

"Going back to New York is going to be cool, I don't mind the spotlight, I'm just embracing every moment that is thrown at me."

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