February 14, 2020

Not for the first time in her career, Emma Raducanu was hampered by blisters in her match with Camila Osorio this week

By Dr. Lora Poppins

Emma Raducanu was blighted by blisters in her second-round victory over Camila Osorio

On a hot and humid afternoon, the U.S. Open winner completed the win in two hours and 50 minutes

Both players required medical timeouts to manage blisters during the error-strewn contest before the world number 10

For me it was a pretty monumental effort to really get through that," Raducanu said

The world number 13 began to struggle in the second set

The second-seeded Raducanu took a medical time-out late in the second set to get treatment from a trainer for blisters on her racket-wielding right hand.

Raducanu was better in the tiebreaker, closing out the victory when Osorio sent a service return wide.

After the players met for a hug at the net, Raducanu appeared to be too exhausted for a full wave to the crowd on what Yoshihito Nishioka called a "crazy hot day"

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