Emma Raducanu has packed her schedule full of tournaments and exhibition events for the rest of the 2021 season after losing early in Indian Wells.
Emma Raducanu has packed her schedule for the rest of 2021 following a surprise early exit in Indian Wells. The 18-year-old made history a month ago when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title, coming through ten matches without dropping a set on her way to the US Open trophy. After an unsuccessful return to the match court in the Californian desert, she is set to play three tournaments and two exhibitions before the end of the year.
Raducanu became an overnight household name in the sporting world when she achieved the seemingly-impossible, failing to drop a set in three qualifying rounds and seven main-draw matches as she became the first qualifier to win a Major and the first woman to lift the title on her second appearance at Grand Slam level.
Having started the US Open ranked at a then-career high of world No 150, she now sits at No 22 and has gone from little-known underdog to the woman to beat.
The Bromley local made her highly-anticipated return to the match court in Indian Wells last Friday but was unable to notch an 11th successive win, looking flat in the slow conditions as world No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich defeated her 6-2 6-4.
While it was a disappointing first match since her historic US Open triumph, Raducanu will have plenty of opportunities to get more wins under her belt as she adjusts to life on the pro tour, after signing herself up for five more tournaments this year.
Express Sport takes a look at Raducanu’s current schedule for the rest of 2021.
The Kremlin Cup was the first tournament Raducanu signed up for after winning the US Open.
The WTA 500 event in Moscow has attracted a strong field of players this year meaning the world No 21 will have her work cut out for her with the likes of Garbine Muguruza, recent gold medallist Belinda Bencic, and one of Raducanu’s idols Simona Halep all in the draw.
The ATP 500 event at the Kremlin Cup is also running simultaneously, with Raducanu’s fellow US Open champion Daniil Medvedev set to play alongside other top Russian players including Andrey Rublev. “Brinkwire Summary News”.