Wimbledon 2022: Emma Raducanu crashes out in 2nd round, Novak Djokovic moves into third round

Raducanu gave her fans hope of a comeback when she broke Garcia to level the set at 3-3, but she dropped serve immediately to hand the advantage back.

Wimbledon 2022: Emma Raducanu crashes out in 2nd round, Novak Djokovic moves into third round

Emma Raducanu`s Wimbledon hopes were crushed on Centre Court by France`s Caroline Garcia as the golden girl of British sport suffered a 6-3 6-3 second-round loss on Wednesday. The 19-year-old, who rocketed to fame with her spellbinding U.S. Open triumph last year, did not play badly but had no answer to Garcia`s superior firepower. Garcia, a former top-10 player with three grasscourt titles on her CV, dominated the opening set as her aggressive return game and heavy serving unsettled the 10th-seeded Raducanu.

She continued blazing away in the second set as Raducanu, despite partisan support, fell away.

Raducanu gave her fans hope of a comeback when she broke Garcia to level the set at 3-3, but she dropped serve immediately to hand the advantage back.

Garcia coolly held for 5-3 and broke the Briton again to claim an impressive victory, finishing it off with a crosscourt backhand, her 25th winner of the match.

Raducanu`s preparation for her second Wimbledon, after last year`s fairytale ride to the fourth round, had not been ideal as she struggled with a side strain that limited her court time.

Her opening win over tricky Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck had raised expectations, but Garcia, a far more dangerous opponent, offered a stark reality check.

"I was preparing for this match really well," Garcia said of her first appearance on Centre Court.

"Emma is a huge player and in her home tournament and she proved she can do very well on the big stage. It`s fair that they support Emma and of course it a great memory for me and as always it is a lot of respect."

Other key results:

MUGURUZA CRASHES OUT

Former champion Garbine Muguruza became the latest high-profile player to exit the women`s draw after she was knocked out by unseeded Greet Minnen 6-4 6-0.

OSTAPENKO EASES PAST WICKMAYER

Former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko made light work of Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, sailing into the third round 6-2 6-2.

DJOKOVIC MOVES INTO THIRD ROUND

Top seed Novak Djokovic sailed into the third round with a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory over Australia`s Thanasi Kokkinakis.

THIRD SEED RUUD KNOCKED OUT

France`s Ugo Humbert upset Norwegian third seed Casper Ruud 3-6 6-2 7-5 6-4 in the second round.

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