BBC Breakfast: Chris Mason and Sally Nugent open show

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BBC presenter Sally Nugent, 49, has revealed that she’s “heartbroken” for up and coming British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, who was forced to retire from yesterday’s match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic after experiencing difficulty breathing. Broadcasting live from Wimbledon, the newsreader spoke with BBC Breakfast presenters Louise Minchin and Dan Walker about on-court events, before expressing her sympathies after the British tennis star was forced to concede.

Because it was heartbreaking for her, actually

Sally Nugent

The BBC star was quizzed by her co-host Louise who was in the studio with Dan, over the latest events in SW19.

The mother-of-two asked her: “It was quite dramatic at Wimbledon yesterday, wasn’t it Sally?”

Responding, the newsreader confirmed that the 18-year-old had experienced a long day before playing her last match.

Sally continued: “It was really dramatic, and you have to look at the scheduling of Emma Raducanu’s match here on the court last night.

“She was last on court, it was really late, she had waited all day and wonder whether that was really the best idea.”

The British tennis star retired from the match on “medical grounds” after losing the first set and being 3-0 down in the second.

Addressing the reason for Emma’s withdrawal, Sally added live from Wimbledon: “Because it was heartbreaking for her, actually.

“She had to retire from her last 16 match against Ajla Tomljanovićh for medical reasons.”

The young tennis player reportedly experienced breathing difficulties before deciding to withdraw.

Sally added: “She seemed to be having trouble breathing when [she was] three love down in the second.

“Radacanu requested a medical time out, she went off court before it was then announced that she’d been forced to concede the match,” she added.

Her opponent Ajla had said: “I’m really shocked, it’s bittersweet as Emma must be really, really hurt if she came to the decision to retire.

“I know to play as a Brit at home it’s unbelievable so I’m really sorry for her, I wish we could have finished it.”

However, former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan took a drastically different approach on the subject, saying that the young player needs to “toughen up” if she wants to win.

Commenting on the match, former tennis pro John McEnroe said that although he felt “bad” for the sportswoman, the game had become “too much” for her to handle.

Agreeing with his opinion, the ITV star implored Emma to “seek advice” from the three-time singles Wimbledon champion.

Piers wrote on Twitter today: “McEnroe told the truth. Ms Raducuna’s a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly. Not ‘brave’, just a shame.”

He went on to advise the up and coming British sensation to “seek advice” from the tennis legend, before suggesting that she “toughen up”.

“If I were her, I’d tell my fans to stop abusing McEnroe, & seek his advice on how to toughen up & become a champion like he was,” he added.

The Life Stories star went on to receive backlash for his comments from Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, BBC star Dan Walker and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

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