Dina Asher-Smith joins athletes sharing support for Emma Raducanu

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Photo credit: Julian Finney - Getty Images
Photo credit: Julian Finney - Getty Images
  • Dina Asher-Smith has joined the host of sporting stars and athletes sharing messages of support for 18-year-old tennis star, Emma Raducanu.

  • Raducanu was forced to retire from Wimbledon on Monday after feeling dizzy and struggling to breathe during the second set of her fourth-round match with Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic.

Following her withdrawal on Monday, Raducanu thanked her fans for their support. Writing on social media, 'Hi guys, I wanted to let everyone know that I am feeling much better this morning. First up, I want to congratulate Ajla on an incredible performance and I'm sorry our match ended the way it did. I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week and I think the whole experience caught up with me. At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy. The medical team advised me not to continue and although it felt like the hardest thing in the world not to be able to finish my Wimbledon on the court, I was not well enough to carry on.

'I want to thank the people who have cheered me on every single match, I wanted to win so badly for you! I also want to thank the All England Club, my team, the LTA, my parents and friends. Last night will go a long way to helping me learn what it takes to perform at the top.

'I will cherish everything we have achieved together this week and come back stronger! Can't wait to see what's next on my journey. Emma'

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Footballer Marcus Rashford was quick to share his support, writing, 'It happened to me playing for the national team in U16s against Wales. I remember it to this day. No explanation for it and it never happened again. You should be very proud of yourself. The country is proud of you. Glad to read your feeling better. Onwards and upwards'

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Dina Asher-Smith shared her own message of support last night, writing, 'Bless you! We are all so proud of you and there is absolutely no need to apologise. As pro athletes we need to listen to our bodies and I'm glad that you did what's best for yours. Congratulations and can't wait to see what the future holds for you'

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