Emma Raducanu Misses Out on First Batch of Australian

Emma Raducanu missed the first match of the wildcard entries for the Australian Open. The former US Open winner has a protected ranking of 103 due to her long absence from the tour after surgeries on both wrists and an ankle, but this is not high enough to secure participation in the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne next month.

The 21-year-old Briton’s status as a former Grand Slam title winner and one of the sport’s most high-profile players speaks for her, but most wildcards usually go to the local players.

If Raducanu does not receive a wildcard and there are not enough payouts among the top ranked players to secure her place, she will have to go through the qualification, on which she sensationally triumphed at the US Open in 2021.

The good news is that, after doubts about her recovery pace in recent weeks, she has intensified training and seems to be on track to return at the beginning of next season.

Raducanu hasn’t played a tournament since the WTA event in Stuttgart in April and her current ranking has dropped to 296.

This is 54 places less than the former world No. 1 and Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki, who was awarded a wildcard. The Dane came out of retirement last summer after a three-and-a-half-year break, during which she had two children.

Other wildcards for the tournament, which starts on January 14, went to Australians Kimberly Birrell, Olivia Gadecki and Taylah Preston.

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