Indian Wells wildcard for Emma Raducanu but Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka out

US Open champion Emma Raducanu has received a wildcard into next week’s Indian Wells, her first tournament since her incredible maiden Grand Slam win last month.

The 18-year-old British star was the surprise winner in New York, making history in the process by becoming the first qualifier in the Open Era to win a major.

Her impressive run in the tournament saw her having to win ten straight matches to clinch the title and she did it in style not dropping a single set.

Since lifting the title, Raducanu’s fame has rocketed just as much as her ranking, which has risen from 150th to 22nd in the women’s world rankings.

And amazingly, Raducanu will be making only her fifth tour level appearance at Indian Wells after making her WTA debut just three months ago in June 2021 at Nottingham.

But while all eyes will be on Raducanu’s first return to the court, both Naomi Osaka and world number on Ashleigh Barty have withdrawn from the tournament.

“The BNP Paribas Open is one of my favourite events on the calendar,” said Barty.

“It was a tough decision to withdraw but I know a few weeks of rest and seeing family back in Australia is the right thing for me at this point of the season.”

“I wish the tournament and the WTA all the best for a successful event and hope I’ll be back in Palm Springs in 2022,” Barty concluded.

Indian Wells was cancelled last year due to the COVID pandemic and this year the main draw play begins on October 6th.

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