Emma Raducanu’s plans for the US Open have been thrown into disarray after her opponent Jennifer Brady withdrew.
After being drawn against world No. 14 Jennifer Brady in the first round of the US Open, Emma Raducanu will now play a fortunate loser.
Emma Raducanu’s chances at the US Open have improved following the withdrawal of her tough first-round opponent. In her first main draw match, the 18-year-old was due to meet Jennifer Brady, the runner-up in the Australian Open this year. The Brit, who qualified for her second Grand Slam in a row, will now face Stefanie Voegele, a lucky loser.
Raducanu qualified for the main draw of the US Open, her second Grand Slam in a row after obtaining a wildcard into Wimbledon earlier this year.
Jennifer Brady, a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows last year and runner-up at the Australian Open this year, was a challenging first-round opponent for the 18-year-old.
The world No. 14 was suffering from a foot issue and had to withdraw from the competition on Monday (August 30).
Raducanu will now play Stefanie Voegele, a lucky loser, in her first round match on Tuesday (August 31).
Last month, the adolescent sensation made her mark on the tennis world with a run to the second week at Wimbledon.
She became the first British woman to reach the round of 16 in the Open Era, although she retired with a set down in her fourth-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic due to lung problems.
Raducanu followed up her Wimbledon triumph with a run to her first WTA Tour-leval final at the Challenger event in Chicago earlier this month, when she was defeated in a deciding set by fellow 18-year-old Clara Tauson.
Following her first-ever final, she attained a career-high ranking of world No. 150, and she breezed through US Open qualification to earn a spot in the main event.
Raducanu was then paired with Brady, the 13th seed, in a challenging first round match.
The American, however, has been replaced by a fortunate loser after withdrawing from the competition, citing a knee injury as the official reason for her withdrawal.
Because of this, the 18-year-old will now play world No. 128 Stefanie Voegele in the first round.
Despite losing in the final round of qualifying to Ana Konjuh, the Swiss player was able to secure a spot in the main draw due to Brady’s withdrawal.
Raducanu is now optimistic about her chances of making it to the second round, where she will face. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”