Raducanu’s return confirmed as Indian Wells awards wildcard to US Open champion

Emma Raducanu will return to the court at the Indian Wells Masters next week. The 18-year-old US Open champion has been given a wildcard by the tournament and will aim to keep her winning run going.

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Emma Raducanu has been awarded a wildcard to compete at Indian Wells next month.

The 18-year-old will make her return to the court in California next week at the year’s biggest remaining tournament before November’s WTA Finals.

It is an event which is often dubbed the “fifth Grand Slam”, and Raducanu will be looking to add to her trophy cabinet following an incredible US Open triumph.

After Indian Wells, the Bromley local will compete at the Kremlin Cup, a WTA 500 event taking place in Moscow next month.

Raducanu became the first British woman to win a major in 44 years as she completed a remarkable achievement at the US Open in New York.

Raducanu, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this year, didn’t drop a set en route to winning the tournament.

Emma Raducanu has even given a wildcard for the Indian Wells masters next week


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She made history as she became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam, beating fellow teen Leylah Fernandez in the f.inal.

Her next attempt at Grand Slam glory will come at the Australian Open in January 2022, but the world number 22 played down talk of her being the favourite to win the tournament Down Under.

“If I’m seeded, then I’m seeded, but favourite? I think one tournament, you can’t really say I’m a favourite,” she said.

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Although expectations will now be high for Raducanu, her main focus is on adapting to life on the WTA tour.

She continued: “I’m still so new to everything. I just feel like I’m learning and absorbing all the knowledge that I’m gaining like a sponge and soaking it all in.

“That’s what I really want to do. I’m not focused on results, I’m focused on how much I can learn because that’s what’s really going to drive me forward.”

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