18-year-old British sensation Emma Raducanu will be looking to carry her momentum from a brilliant showing at Wimbledon 2021 into this year’s Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic after being handed a wild card entry to San Jose this summer.
The San Jose Open starts from 2nd August and will last till the 8th. Tournament Director Vickie Gunnarsson added that having her at the tournament is an exciting prospect and is a great opportunity for fans to catch a glimpse of the future stars of the tennis world.
“She had a great Wimbledon and having her in San Jose alongside fellow rising international players Paula Badosa, Karolina Muchova and Elena Rybakina provides fans with a chance of catching a glimpse of tomorrow’s tennis superstars” added Gunnarrsson.
Not an easy path to victory
Raducanu comes into the tournament having had a surreal Wimbledon where she managed to surprise everyone and make it to the 2nd week. She ultimately retired in her 4th round match against Ajla Tomljanovic owing to breathing difficulties while she was trailing 6-4,3-0 to the Australian world number 51. Raducanu faces stiff competition as the event also attracts big names in the form of Sofia Kenin, Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and 2017 Winner Madison Keys.
She, however, has no prior history at the tournament owing to the Corona Virus Pandemic, which forced the cancellation of last year’s San Jose Open, just like most other events. However, Emma will be inspired by the fact that she was ranked World Number 338 before Wimbledon and now sits at 179, a great achievement mostly owing to her exploits on the grass courts of SW19.
San Jose Open back after one year hiatus
While the tournament was previously commonly known as the Stanford Classic from 1997 to 2017, its venue shifted to the San Jose State University in 2017. This will be the third year running that the event will be held at San Jose’s Spartan Tennis Complex.
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