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Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon Dream Ended by Garcia on Day Three

Two days after describing her Center Court debut as ‘amazing,’ the Brit fell in straight sets to Caroline Garcia.



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Emma Raducanu’s bid for a second consecutive fairytale run at Wimbledon has ended in disappointment after she was knocked out in the second round.

The reigning US Open champion bowed out 6-3, 6-3, to Carolina Garcia in what is only her fifth Grand Slam main draw appearance. She has now lost in the second round of a major three times in a row and has only won back-to-back matches twice this year.  

“It’s tough to lose any match but I think that Caroline played a great match,” said Raducanu. “She is a great player. I struggled to find a way through her today.”
“But it’s okay because coming into this I didn’t really have many expectations of myself.”

After coming through her first round match in straight sets, Rducanu faced a sterner test in the shape of Garcia. A former world No.4 who recently captured her third grass-court title at Bad Homburg in Germany. However, Raducanu has gotten the better of the Frenchwoman before after prevailing in their meeting in Indian Wells. 

 Playing in front of a packed Center Court crowd for the second time in a row, exchanges of breaks took place early on in the match as both women fought hard on the court. However, it was World No.11 Raducanu who faltered after dropping her serve for a second time as she fell behind 2-5. Handing Garcia enough of a margin to seal the opener.

Exiting the court for a brief break during the change of ends, Raducanu returned fired up and determined to fight. Best illustrated by the heavy-hitting she was producing on the court. Although Garcia was just as stubborn as she continued to implement her dominance. A volley at the new granted the world No.55 a duo of break point chances. She converted with the help of a Raducanu forehand error. 

Continuing the roller-coaster theme, the Brit responded by breaking back right away before dropping serve once again. Prompting a variety of cheers and gasps from the animated crowd who didn’t quite know what to make of the match.  Ultimately that second blip proved fatal to Raducanu’s 2022 Wimbledon campaign with Garcia charging towards victory with a three-game winning streak as she ended the encounter with a backhand cross-court winner.

“It was first-strike tennis. She served really well today. I didn’t really have any looks, many second serves. Even when I did, they were tricky ones with the wind holding them up.” Raducanu said of her opponent’s performance.
“My ball speed was just lower in general. I don’t know. Maybe it was the conditions. But, I just didn’t have enough ball speed today.”
She added.

Heading into the Grand Slam the 19-year-old has experienced her own setback with a side strain forcing her to withdraw from the Nottingham Open. The latest in a series of physical issues to trouble her. She also suffered from back pain and various blisters earlier this year.

“I’ve played seven hours of tennis in a month. To even compete with these girls at this level and win a round I think is a pretty good achievement.” She said.

Despite her Wimbledon campaign coming to an end, the spotlight won’t be off Raducanu for very long with the North American swing of the Tour approaching. It was last year at the US Open where she rewrote the record books by winning 10 matches in a row to claim her maiden major title. Becoming the first qualifier to do so.

So many would assume the youngster will be under a lot of pressure in the coming weeks but she has a very different perspective on the matter.

“There’s no pressure. Why is there any pressure? I’m still 19. It’s a joke. I literally won a slam,” Raducanu stated.
“Going back to New York, it’s going to be cool because I have got a lot of experiences playing on big courts, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you.”
“For me, everything is learning. I’m embracing every single moment that is thrown at me.”

Raducanu’s next tournament is set to be the Washington Open. 

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Krejcikova Comes Alive With Her Serve To Win 12th Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon



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It must have seemed like the whole world was against her when Barbora Krejcikova served for the match for a third time against crowd favorite Jasmine Paolini.

But Krejcikova was only going for her 12th Grand Slam title. She was well prepared.

So, she released her patented way-out-wide serve to the smallish Paolini’s backhand, and the best the Italian could do was get her racket on the ball enough to return the serve far off the court, long and wide.


The weight of the world was gone as Krejcikova threw her arms over her head and calmly walked to the net to greet the Wimbledon runner-up.

Now, Krejcikova was half-way home to a career Grand Slam in singles. She already owns a career Grand Slam in doubles among her dozen Grand Slam titles that also include one mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

She has won the hard ones, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass.

At 28 years old, anything must look possible to this 5-10 Czech.


Paolini simply was out played in a second straight Grand Slam final, on clay and on grass. Now she faces the real tests, two straight Grand Slam tournaments on hard surfaces that might not be overly friendly to the 5-4 Paolini.

But there it was, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova on Wimbledon’s famed Center Court.

After what might be called a throw-away second set for Krejcikova, she came alive in the third set, pinning Paolini to the deep corners while nailing low hard-hit balls to both corners.

Krejcikova got off to 40-0 starts on her first four service games of the decisive set and ended all four with service winners to take a 5-3 lead (with the aid of the only service break of the third set). She yielded only one point in those four service games, a double fault at 40-0 that was followed by an ace.

Of course, it was the serve again that saved the day for Krejcikova and gave her set points two and three, then sealed the deal for a spot in Wimbledon history.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Wimbledon Finalist Jasmine Paolini – ‘I’m A Little Bit Scared To Dream Too Much’



After coming close to her maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, Jasmine Paolini believes consistency is key to having another shot at glory.

The 28-year-old dropped only one set en route to becoming the first Italian woman to reach a Wimbledon final. However, she was denied the title by Barbora Krejcikova, who won in three sets. Paolini was broken once in the decider which was due to a double fault from the Italian following an unsuccessful hawk-eye challenge made on her first serve. Then she failed to convert two break points when down 4-5 before Krejcikova held to seal glory.

“I started bad,” she reflected afterwards.

“I took some time and try to relax and to come back in the second set stronger to try to push the ball more because I was a little bit controlling too much, and I missed a lot of shots.

“She was playing, honestly, very good the first set. She was serving really, really good. High percentage of first serves.

“It was tough but I think I did better than the last final (at the French Open), but still it’s not enough.”

Prior to Saturday, Paolini had scored wins over former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, Medison Keys (via retirement) and a marathon victory over Donna Vedic. She has now won 15 Grand Slam matches in 2024 compared to just one last season.

The defeat comes less than two months after the French Open where Paolini contested her first major final but lost in two sets to world No.1 Iga Swiatek. Since the start of this season, she has risen more than 20 places in the rankings and will reach No.5 on Monday.

Despite being in her late 20s, the Italian is producing some of her best tennis on the Tour. Something she credits to a combination of things. 

“I improved my game a little bit. I believe more in myself. I improved my serve. I think I improve the return.” She explained.

“I think physically I’m better than two years ago. I’ve been working with a new fitness coach for one-and-a-half years.

“There are many things, I think. Not just one. I think also winning matches helps a lot.”

Whilst she is heading in the right direction on the Tour, Paolini has vowed not to get too ahead of herself.

“Sometimes I’m a little bit scared to dream too much.” she said.

“I’m going back, trying to practice and stay in the present. This is the goal for me and my team, to try to keep this level as much as possible.

“If I keep this level, I think I can have the chance to do great things.

“Today I was dreaming of holding the (Wimbledon) trophy but it didn’t go well.

“I’m just enjoying the position where I am right now.”

Paolini has won 30 out of 43 matches on the Tour so far this season.

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Jasmine Paolini’s Wimbledon Run Hailed By Italian Prime Minister



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The Prime Minister of Italy has praised Jasmine Paolini for lighting up the hearts of others during her Wimbledon run. 

Paolini missed out on her first Grand Slam title to Barbora Krejcikova, who prevailed in three sets to capture her second major trophy. Despite her defeat, she has made history at the tournament by becoming the first female player from her country to reach the final. Until this year, she had never won a Tour-level main draw match on the grass. 

Whilst disappointed about missing out on the biggest title of her career, Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni posted a tribute to Paolini on social media just moments after the final had concluded.

“Proud of Jasmine Paolini,” The Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) quotes Meloni as saying. 

“The first Italian tennis player to reach the final of the prestigious Wimbledon tournament. 

“Despite the defeat, you lit up the hearts of the Italian people, succeeding in conveying grit and passion to all of us who supported you”. 

Paolini is the first player ranked outside the top five to reach the final of both Wimbledon and the French Open within the same year since the ranking system was introduced in 1975. She is also only the fourth female player in the Open Era to have reached her first two Grand Slam finals in the same year at Roland Garros and Wimbledon after Chris Evert (1973), Olga Morozova (1974) and Steffi Graf (1987). 

Should she win three or more matches at the US Open later this year, she will also set a new Open Era record for the most Grand Slam wins achieved by an Italian female player in a single season. 

“The last two months have been crazy for me. I want to thank my team, and my family. They always support me and I wouldn’t be here without them. The crowd have been amazing. I received a lot of support. Just incredible to feel the love from them, I enjoy it so much.” Paolini said following her Wimbledon defeat. 

The 28-year-old will rise to a ranking high of No.3 on Monday. 

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