Emma Radukano She suffered a surprise defeat in the second round of the Australian Open, losing 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to world number 98 Danka Kovinic.
The 19-year-old Briton appeared to have a blister on her hand throughout the match and on several occasions required treatment from the court doctor.
With a blister effect on her dominant right hand, Raducanu struggled to strike it with a forehand with her usual strength and consistency and the unseeded Kovinic took full advantage of the first set.
It was a great start for Montenegro, who never got past the second round of a Grand Slam in 17 singles and doubles matches.
However, Raducanu managed to receive more treatment for her right hand during the intervening period and came out in the second set as the player who stunned the tennis world by winning the US Open in September.
She regained control with her powerful keystrokes to the ground and adjusted the match after another hard-fought set.
The deciding set’s opener looked like a pivotal moment of the match, as Radocano missed a forehand across the field that would have given her a crucial early break.
However, the 27-year-old Kovinic showed superb poise to eventually keep his serve with a superb shot.
Ulcerated and bandaged – often still with a smile on her face – Raducanu continued to fight through the severing tool with a forehand barely available to her, but in the end this determination was not enough to beat Kovenic, who became the first Montenegrin to reach the third round of Grand Slams.
“I really enjoyed it,” Kovinich said in an interview in court. “It was a great experience to play with Emma and to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time after so many years.”
“she [Raducanu] He achieved an amazing result by winning a major tournament at such a young age. Such talent and it was a really great experience. I’m glad I showed that I can play at a high level.”