Oxenhope tennis talent Fran Jones suffered disappointment in Nottingham late last week.

She was playing well in the Rothesay Open Nottingham, one of the marquee grass court events in the English summer before Wimbledon, but had to withdraw from the tournament ahead of her quarter-final due to a shoulder injury.

The 23-year-old – who defeated Caroline Dolehide and Ashlyn Krueger in the opening rounds – was due to face fellow Brit Emma Raducanu in the last-eight on Friday.

“Unfortunately, I’ve had to withdraw from what was an exciting match with Emma,” Jones said.

“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 and the injuries I’ve had

“I think it's a massive shame, as I've really enjoyed playing this week and I've played at a good level.

Fran Jones hits out on her way to victory in a thrilling three-set encounter against Ashlyn Krueger last Thursday.Fran Jones hits out on her way to victory in a pulsating three-set encounter against Ashlyn Krueger last Thursday. (Image: PA.)

“But I need to continue to think about the big picture which has got me into the place I'm in so far this year.”

Raducanu lost in the semis at Nottingham to another Brit, Katie Boulter.

And Boulter went on to win the tournament yesterday, beating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the final.

As for Jones, she will be hoping her troublesome shoulder gets better in time for the Wimbledon qualifiers, which get underway next Monday.