Emma Raducanu has her first workout in Indian Wells
Emma Raducanu returns to action at Indian Wells next week, in what will be her first competitive appearance since winning the US Open last month. The Indian Wells event is also returning after a hiatus, having been canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then rescheduled from its usual March slot earlier this year.
The BNP Paribas Open, scheduled to start on October 6, is the last 1000 event on the WTA calendar this year. Emma Raducanu will be a tournament seed for the first time in her career, her ranking having soared to No.22 after her triumph in New York.
The Briton, however, only secured a place in the main draw thanks to a last-minute wildcard. His No.150 ranking was below the threshold when the tournament released its entry list – which was before the start of the US Open.
Interestingly, this will only be the third event of the career tour for Emma Raducanu. The 18-year-old is yet to win a game on the WTA Tour (not counting major tournaments).
The official BNP Paribas Open grip recently posted a 33-second video of Raducanu’s training session in Indian Wells. In the video, the Briton is seen embarking on a long rally filled with clean strikes.
The scenic backdrop of the Colorado Desert provides the perfect setting for Raducanu’s tennis outing.
The teenager also posted a photo of herself during one of her workouts on Instagram.
âHey desert!â She captioned the post.
Although the BNP Paribas Open is a big tournament, many top players have decided to skip the 2021 edition. World No.1 Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty have both announced their retirement, in addition to former champions Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem.
Karolina Pliskova and Daniil Medvedev will be the respective seeds at Indian Wells this year.
What does the rest of the season look like for Emma Raducanu?
Emma Raducanu is hoping for a deep run at Indian Wells and will claim her first series of WTA main draw wins. She also recently confirmed her participation in the Kremlin Cup, which is due to start on October 18 in Moscow, Russia.
Much to the delight of her Romanian fans, the 18-year-old is also set to compete in the inaugural Transylvanian Open, which will take place on October 25 in Cluj, Romania. Raducanu has paternal roots in Bucharest and should receive substantial support on Romanian soil.
The teenager has an outdoor chance to advance to the WTA season-ending Finals, and she will be looking forward to recording and getting there in the coming weeks.