Emma Raducanu has entered the Australian Open without having to go through qualifying because of a previous withdrawal from another tournament.
Emma Raducanu moved into the first draw of the Australian Open after American Lauren Davis pulled out of the year’s most memorable Grand Slam with a shoulder injury on Wednesday January 3, 2024.
Raducanu, who beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Tuesday in her return to action following wrist and lower leg surgeries, has slipped to No 301 in the world and her safeguarded positioning was not adequate for direct passage to the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne.
The 21-year-old Briton was also disregarded for a trump card and was set to follow a comparable path as her 2021 Flushing Meadows run when she became the first player in the Open Era to win a major subsequent to starting out in the qualifying rounds.
Meanwhile, USA’s Lauren Davis has pulled out from the Australian Open because of a shoulder injury.
Notwithstanding, the exit of Davis, which followed withdrawals by Karolina Muchova, Petra Kvitova, Irina-Camelia Begu and Caty McNally, opened up a spot for Raducanu in the first draw.
The Australian Open begins on January 14.
Raducanu says she’s thankful to be injur-free subsequent to making a triumphant return to action following eight months out of the game.
Realizing she no longer needs to enter qualifying one week from now for the Melbourne Park event, Raducanu now centers around her last-16 tie in Auckland against second seed Elina Svitolina on Thursday.
After winning on Tuesday, the 21-year-old Briton, who had been out of competitive tennis for eight months due to injuries, said she was “in shock.”
“It’s a weird one, I didn’t really know what I felt during or at the end of the match,” Raducanu told Sky Sports.
“Usually you have such a clear emotion, whether that’s nerves, whether that’s happiness – I think I was just a bit like, just struck and just a bit in shock really because eight months is a long time.
“I mean, I’ve really been through it, so it’s just great to be healthy and to be on the court and competing again.”