Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon hopes were brought to an abrupt end in her second appearance on center court as Caroline Garcia denied the British No.1 a place in the third round with a 6-3 6-3 win.
Raducanu’s center court debut on Monday went as expected with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck, but the talented 19-year-old couldn’t cope with the power of world number 55 Garcia 48 hours later.
Garcia, who had already dispatched a Briton to Yuriko Miyazaki at SW19 this week, earned her seventh consecutive victory on grass and rarely looked flustered throughout her encounter with Raducanu, receiving constant cheers of support from the champion US Open in its stride.
The No.10 seed Raducanu reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year before retiring, but her first full year on the WTA Tour continues to frustrate and disappoint – she has now suffered second-round exits at all three Grand Slam tournaments.
Luckily for Raducanu, her next opportunity comes at Flushing Meadows at the end of August, 12 months after her fairytale triumph in New York when she became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
Unfortunately for UK tennis fans, that version of Raducanu seems a long way off at the moment, but there’s no doubt the 19-year-old will do all she can in the coming months to get back to her best. .
The Sporting News has provided live updates and highlights from Raducanu vs Garcia below.
Result Emma Raducanu vs Caroline Garcia
Emma Raducanu vs Caroline Garcia live recap, Wimbledon 2022 highlights
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Game, set and match – @CaroGarcia!
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*Emma Raducanu 3-6 3-6 Caroline Garcia
Two forehands can’t get over the net again and Raducanu is at 0-30. Raducanu changes things with a drop shot from Garcia but the Frenchwoman can’t get back in time to come back. A powerful serve follows, 30-30, but Garcia gets the set point as Raducanu finds the net again. A backhand winner lands it and a stunned Wimbledon crowd falls silent. Raducanu is out.
Emma Raducanu 3-6 3-5 *Caroline Garcia
A few scrappy points come to an end as Garcia drills an ace, 30-30. Raducanu just can’t get consistency with her forehand and she finds the net. Damn, Garcia shows no problem with his own, smashing one out of Raducanu’s reach before delivering a powerful serve down the middle that crashes into the edge of his opponent’s racket. Raducanu will serve to stay in the game.
*Emma Raducanu 3-6 3-4 Caroline Garcia
Garcia plays a backhand right into the back corner from Raducanu to go up 15-30. A weak forehand from Raducanu allows Garcia to unleash a forehand winner and earn two break points in the process. Raducanu is spared Garcia’s mistakes. She was, however, given another break as Raducanu double faults at the worst time. Garcia gets it, another mistake from the British No.1.
Emma Raducanu 3-6 3-3 *Caroline Garcia
Raducanu gets aggressive this time, a forehand winner gives him the open. She repeats the tactic, now a backhand return after serve. Garcia equalizes with an ace following Raducanu’s error. A double fault and Raducanu has a break point… she has to cash. Garcia hits a wide and Raducanu clenches his fist towards the home crowd.
*Emma Raducanu 3-6 2-3 Caroline Garcia
A quick comeback followed by patient play sees Garcia take the first two points. Raducanu recovers one but a volley at the net gives Garcia two break points. Garcia waits again for Raducanu to make the mistake and it pays off… the teenager hits a wide forehand.
Emma Raducanu 3-6 2-2 *Caroline Garcia
Still very little to separate the pair in this second set, they both use the serve to their advantage and in longer rallies, hoping the other makes the mistake first. Garcia holds.
*Emma Raducanu 3-6 2-1 Caroline Garcia
Raducanu’s serve is improving and Garcia can’t come back three in a row. The fourth results in a rally but Garcia hits a forehand wide. Raducanu cares about love.
Emma Raducanu 3-6 1-1 *Caroline Garcia
Raducanu seems to be taking longer with shot selection at the moment and it works, a forehand winner makes it 15-30. Garcia responds with an ace. Garcia comes to the net at the next and Raducanu has only one place to go, across the field on her backhand and she manages to get a break point. It comes and goes as Garcia wins three straight points to keep.
*Emma Raducanu 3-6 1-0 Caroline Garcia
Raducanu plays a shot virtually from the crouch to go up 30-15, brilliant athleticism. Garcia uses pure power on the forehand to trail the next point, 30-30. Garcia then disputes an ‘out’ call but the linesman was right. Raducanu goes for a lob and Garcia can’t quite connect and his volley goes into the net. A first take for Raducanu.
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Emma Raducanu 3-6 *Caroline Garcia – GARCIA WINS FIRST SET
Garcia is playing his opponent at his own game now, Raducanu can’t return the first two serves. Raducanu recovers one, but a long rally, which has the 19-year-old running around, eventually earns two set points. Raducanu loses her footing slightly halfway through and Garcia punishes her with a forehand into the void. Lots of improvement for Raducanu in the second set.
*Emma Raducanu 3-5 Caroline Garcia
Garcia fires one into the crowd (man catches it with one hand!) then hits a long forehand to go down 30-15. Double fault by Raducanu, 30-30. More errors from the US Open champion give Garcia her first set point, but Raducanu’s serve in the middle causes Garcia problems. Two more big serves prompt Garcia to hit returns wide and Raducanu holds.
Emma Raducanu 2-5 *Caroline Garcia
A few big serves cause problems for Raducanu to go down 30-0. Garcia then double faults and hits a long forehand, 30-30. One of the longest rallies of the match goes Garcia’s way before Raducanu hits a long backhand return. Raducanu will serve with new balls.
*Emma Raducanu 2-4 Caroline Garcia
Raducanu is 30-0 thanks to two errors from Garcia. Some gasps from the crowd as Raducanu ends up doing the splits at the baseline going for the ball and it’s 30-30. Garcia then gets a break point with a volley to the net, Raducanu still far from the baseline after making the previous shot. Garcia gets it as Raducanu’s backhand hits the net.
Emma Raducanu 2-3 *Caroline Garcia
Raducanu hits a quick backhand downfield to make it 15-15 but then hits the same shot long on the next point. Garcia shows his power with his forehand to reach 40-15 and delivers just as much force with his last serve of the match.
*Emma Raducanu 2-2 Caroline Garcia
Garcia guesses Raducanu’s forehand the wrong way twice to go two points down, then a miss from the Frenchman moves the No.10 seed to 40-0. An unforced error and a double fault allow Garcia to come back but a big serve from Raducanu forces his opponent to make his own mistake.
Emma Raducanu 1-2 *Caroline Garcia
Lots of ‘Go Emma’ chants early on as the crowd felt some nerves, Raducanu slamming into the net to go 30-30. Garcia finds the net herself to offer Raducanu the immediate break, but a solid serve puts it at two. Garcia misses a volley at net to give Raducanu a second break point and this time she gets it.
*Emma Raducanu 1-1 Caroline Garcia
Raducanu finds himself at 15-40 with some powerful forehands from Garcia and a high volley at the net gives him a break point. Raducanu challenges a called forehand but upon review it’s a misuse of a challenge. Not the ideal start for the Briton.
Emma Raducanu 0-1 *Caroline Garcia
Some early nerves as Garcia starts with a double fault. Raducanu takes second place with a nice backhand winner down the line before Garcia gets his first point on the board. The Frenchwoman quickly took control, however, hitting a forehand winner and then a backhand downfield to claim the opener.
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4 p.m.: Both players receive a warm welcome and Raducanu is all smiles as she greets her fans. Center court is filling up now and we’re almost ready to go.
3:45 p.m.: Novak Djokovic has just beaten Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round, so Raducanu and Garcia are expected on the pitch any minute now.
3:35 p.m.: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Emma Raducanu’s second round match against Caroline Garcia as the British No.1 aims to put on a show for her home crowd on center court.
With Andy Murray after her match, Raducanu hopes she can put the spectators in a jubilant mood ahead of the two-time Wimbledon champion’s clash with veteran John Isner tonight.