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Late withdrawal sends Emma Raducanu through to first WTA semi-final since 2022

Emma Raducanu is through to her first semi-final since 2022 after Fran Jones withdrew from their Nottingham Open quarter-final.

Raducanu has looked in good form on her return after a six-week hiatus to prepare for the grass-court season, beating Ena Shibahara and Daria Snigur on her way to the last eight.

A quarter-final with Jones was waiting on Saturday afternoon, but her British compatriot has had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

That sets up an all-British blockbuster between Raducanu and defending champion Katie Boulter later on Saturday.

Boulter won her quarter-final on Friday as she looks to retain the title she won last year.

Jones was on court on Friday afternoon ready to play Raducanu before rain forced play to be abandoned for the day and she woke up on Saturday and chose to withdraw.

Jones said: "Unfortunately today I've had to withdraw from what was an exciting match with Emma.

"Hopefully everyone can understand that with the big events coming up, I'm not in a position to be taking many risks especially with my last couple of years.

"I think it's a massive shame, I've really enjoyed playing this week and I've played at a good level, but I need to continue to think big picture which has got me into the place I'm in so far this year."

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