Emma Raducanu retired from her first round clash, against Bianca Andreescu, in Rome with a bank injury.
Raducanu, who also struggled with a back injury during her previous tournament in Madrid and a hip injury earlier this year, was trailing 6-2 2-1 when she called it quits.
“Definitely disappointed with how today went. But I guess I wanted to give it a try. I never really knew how bad it was until I kind of went out there,” Raducanu told reporters.
🇨🇦 @Bandreescu_ moves on to Round 2 after Raducanu retires.
— wta (@WTA) May 10, 2022
“I’m still learning when it’s right to push my body and push through it, and when it’s not. I guess that’s something I’m learning at these tournaments.
“After Madrid I thought that maybe taking one, two days off, it would just go away because a lot of the other small niggles I’ve had, they’ve kind of gone away after taking two days off.”
The clash between two US Open champion on clay was much anticipated but Raducanu struggled from the outset.
Raducanu was clutching her back when she took a medical timeout after going 5-2 down but returned to the court minutes later where the Canadian held to love to take the opening set.
The 19-year-old said she did not want to make a hasty decision to skip the French Open and focus on the grasscourt swing and her home Grand Slam at Wimbledon.
“Obviously I would not want to miss the French Open. The whole clay season leads up to it,” she said.
“I think the last few weeks have been really positive. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my game has definitely improved on this surface.”
Ons Jabeur, who became the first African player to win a WTA 1000 title in Madrid, survived a second set wobble to dispatch Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 7-6(1).