Emma Raducanu’s grass season to start with ‘This’ tournament

Emma Raducanu to be handed several wildcards this grass season, especially events hosted on British soil.

Emma Raducanu’s grass season to start with ‘This’ tournament

Emma Raducanu (via Imago)

Emma Raducanu was hoping for a change of fortune after she reached the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open. But, after she failed to earn a French Open wildcard, she decided to withdraw from the clay major tournament. The decision leaves her with no choice but to begin her grass season at the Nottingham tournament.

The 2021 US Open champion is currently ranked World No.205 in the WTA rankings leaving her with plenty of chances to leap into the Top 200 before the grass season ends. However, she will be handed wildcards to play several tournaments, especially events on British soil. The first of them is the Nottingham WTA 250 event.

She will take on Ena Shibahara in the first round of the Nottingham tournament but will likely face Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk, who is also in the half of her draw. She will also face defending champion Katie Boulter later in the tournament. The top prize is $35,250, but Raducanu will not be only aiming to claim the money but also climb 80 positions above her present No.205.

Raducanu is also expected to be given a wildcard into the Eastbourne WTA 500 tournament. But, the tournament will see some of the biggest WTA stars such as Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula, Madison Keys, and Danielle Collins already seeded to participate in the event. It will be a tough tournament for Raducanu to win but she will be hoping to claim extra ranking points.

After Eastbourne, she will also be likely to get a wildcard for Wimbledon. She reached the fourth round of the tournament in 2022. She has an advantage in Wimbledon because she’s not defending any ranking points. So, if she does go further into the tournament she can possibly break into the Top 100.

Renowned tennis commentator believes Emma Raducanu can reach the Top 20 this year

Renowned tennis commentator Jonathan Overend believes Emma Raducanu can reach the Top 20 if she matches her off-court positivity with her on-court display. The British star has racked up several sponsorship deals despite not playing well on the court since last year.

She was out for over eight months due to injuries but has found it difficult to perform well on the court since this year.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu (Via Imago)
If she can match the positivity of her language with the positivity of her form on the court, she can get back to the top 20 and maybe even the top ten. We’d love to see her win another Grand Slam.
Jonathan Overend said via Tennis365

The Briton will be hoping to get the back of her home fans during the grass season, as she is in desperate need of match victories to get her season back on track.

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