Emma Raducanu is leaving ‘no stone unturned as she races against time to be fit enough for Wimbledon after retiring from the Nottingham Open on Tuesday.
Raducanu called a medical timeout in the early stages of her clash with Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic after struggling with a pain in the left side of her abdomen.
The 19-year-old took painkillers and tried to continue but was forced to retire from the game entirely while trailing 4-3 in the first set.
Raducanu – looking to make a mark in her first game back on British soil – has admitted to being unsure whether she will be fit enough for Wimbledon.
Raducanu revealed that she had been diagnosed with a side strain but said that a scan showed there was no long-term damage.
As a result, she is doing everything in her power to recover in time for the Grand Slam tournament at the All England Club.
She took to Instagram to share a photo of herself inside an oxygen chamber with the accompanying caption: ‘We’re trying, no stone left unturned.
Oxygen is essential for the body’s four main tissue types; any injury will require oxygen to heal.
Typically, the body heals itself using the oxygen you breathe in but the process can be accelerated for athletes.
Competitors use chambers like the one Raducanu is pictured in to increase oxygen concentration. The oxygen is delivered through a tight-fitting mask as seen on the 19-year-old.
Raducanu is hoping the process – which usually takes about an hour and a half – will aid her recovery ahead of Wimbledon.
Having been pictured just hours after her ‘disappointing’ withdrawal from Tuesday’s match, the 19-year-old was seen laughing and smiling in London.
The US Open champion appeared relaxed after suffering what she described as ‘an absolute freak injury’.
The images marked a stark contrast to previous photographs which showed the GB star looking downcast leaving the court.
Therefore, it seems likely that Raducanu will return to the tournament where she burst onto the scene last year with a sensational tournament run.
She will be looking to recreate such form after Wimbledon this year after struggling with injuries ever since she lifted the trophy in America