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Emma Raducanu risks undercooking at Wimbledon as Britain hope skips Eastbourne to nurse a side injury

EMMA RADUCANU will play Wimbledon with only half a set of lawn tennis.

Unless she changes her mind and requests a last-minute wildcard on Friday, the British No1 has no plans to play Eastbourne International next week for fitness reasons.

Emma Raducanu had to retire in her first round match in Nottingham last week

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Emma Raducanu had to retire in her first round match in Nottingham last weekCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

Last week, the 19-year-old Kent ace withdrew from the first round of the Nottingham Open after just seven games of the first set after suffering a side injury.

SunSport understand the reigning US Open champion does not want to rush straight into the competition as Wimbledon begins on Monday 27 June.

She is expected to continue to rest and recover and then build up her training sessions before heading to SW19 – where she reached round four in 2021.

Like Andy Murray, who has a tummy problem, chances are she’s playing a show at the Hurlingham Club managed by her agent IMG.

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The wildcard deadline at Eastbourne is 4pm on Friday and her absence would be a blow, leaving her undercooked and without game time when she arrives at the Championships.

Bumbling LTA staffers wrote on their website that Raducanu played the South Coast event – but then took the story down after being told their mistake.

Meanwhile, Simona Halep will look to ruin another Brit’s dreams on grass when she takes on Leicester’s Katie Boulter in the quarter-finals of the Birmingham Classic.

The Romanian, the 2019 Wimbledon champion, beat London’s Harriet Dart in straight sets in the last 16 and is on a nine-game winning streak on grass.

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Halep, 30, said: “I want to have that feeling that I had in 2019. I’m starting to connect with the court and I’m feeling better and better.

“I know Katie is serving strong so it will be difficult to come back, but on grass every game is difficult, you never know what to expect.

“I’ll be ready. I’m here to do my best and fight for the win.”

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