Emma Raducanu says there was “no way” she was going to quit in her Grand Slam comeback as she battled valiantly before losing at the Australian Open.
Britain’s Raducanu, 21, was beaten 6-4 4-6 6-4 by China’s Wang Yafan in a second-round match where she was “throwing up” in her mouth.
Raducanu was playing only her fourth match after wrist and ankle surgeries which kept her out for eight months.
“Everything I went through last year has made me so much tougher,” she said.
“There was no way I was going to pull out. She was going to have to beat me – and she did.”
Raducanu’s exit came after Katie Boulter, who has taken over as British number one, lost to Chinese 12th seed Zheng Qinwen on the same Kia Arena court.
They were bidding to set up an all-British meeting in the third round, but instead it is the Chinese pair who will meet on Saturday.
The defeats for Raducanu and Boulter mean there are no British players left in the women’s singles.
Cameron Norrie, who fought back from two sets down to win in five sets earlier on Thursday, is the only remaining player from the nation in the singles draws. (BBC)