Emma Raducanu falls to world No 1 Iga Swiatek despite battling performance in Stuttgart

It was after losing that game that Raducanu called on the trainer, apparently struggling with pain in her lower back. After some stretches on the side of the court, it was decided that she needed a medical time-out and walked out of the arena to receive further treatment for the problem.

After around five minutes she reappeared to warm applause from the crowd, and was clearly satisfied that she could continue as she marched over and picked up her racket in businesslike fashion. But the break did not help to change the tide of the match as Swiatek held her serve to go 3-1 ahead and give her teenage opponent a real mountain to climb.

Swiatek went on to seal the victory without breaking too much more of a sweat, but this defeat was still the end of a very productive week for Raducanu. After back-to-back victories for the first time since last October, the young Briton performed admirably against the best player in the world right now, and will have learned a lot that she can take into what promises to be a busy summer on clay and grass.

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