Emma Raducanu might face Simona Halep at Indian Wells

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2021-10-05 01:20:15 GMT+00:00 – Newly topped U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu would face two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep if each win their opening matches on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Raducanu, an 18-year-old from Great Britain, shocked the tennis world whereas rising from relative obscurity to win the main in New York final month. She arrived on the U.S. Open ranked a hundred and fiftieth on the planet and wanted to get by way of qualifying simply to succeed in the principle draw.

Currently ranked twenty second on the planet, Raducanu would be the No. 17 seed in Indian Wells. As one of many high 32 seeds, she’s going to obtain a first-round bye within the 96-player occasion.

Raducanu has not performed since beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez within the U.S. Open closing, withdrawing from the following Chicago Fall Tennis Classic.

Her opening opponent within the Southern California desert would be the winner of a first-round match between Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano, a 19-year-old ranked 71st on the planet, and Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich, a 27-year-old ranked one hundredth.

Raducanu parted with coach Andrew Richardson after her U.S. Open success. She introduced Sunday that former British tennis star Jeremy Bates can be her momentary coach at Indian Wells.

Halep, a 30-year-old Romanian who’s ranked seventeenth, misplaced within the fourth spherical on the U.S. Open to fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Days later, Halep married boyfriend Toni Iuruc in her hometown of Constanta, Romania.

Halep, who gained the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019, will open in Indian Wells in opposition to both Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk or China’s Shuai Zhang.

Fernandez, a 19-year-old who’s now ranked twenty eighth, will open within the desert in opposition to both France’s Alize Cornet or a qualifier.

The high 4 seeds at Indian Wells are No. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, No. 2 Iga Swiatek of Poland, No. 3 Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic and No. 4 Svitolina.

The males’s draw for the BNP Paribas Open shall be performed Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

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