Emma Raducanu: US Open champion awarded wildcard into Indian Wells main draw

28 September 2021, 18:14 | Updated: 29 September 2021, 07:53

US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been awarded a wildcard into the main draw of Indian Wells.

The British No 1, who became the first qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam singles title at Flushing Meadows earlier this month, will make her return at the California-based tournament which is one of the biggest on tour.

Indian Wells, which begins next Wednesday, is normally held in March but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Raducanu, now ranked world No 22 after winning the US Open without dropping a set, is currently 14th in the annual race for the eight places in November's year-end WTA Tour finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The cut-off for entry into Indian Wells was prior to her US Open success, meaning the teenager needed a wild card to avoid having to go through qualifying.

The 18-year-old split with coach Andrew Richardson who guided her to the title in New York, citing her desire to work with someone with greater tour-level experience.

Raducanu has also entered the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and the Transylvania Open in Romania later in October.

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