US Open champion Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from the upcoming Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Raducanu was confirmed to play WTA 500 event but due to a last minute schedule change, she won’t be travelling to Russia this year.
“Unfortunately I’ve had to make a tournament schedule change and won’t be able to play Moscow this year, but I hope to compete there and in front of the Russian fans next year. I look forward to returning to the Tour in the next couple of weeks,” she said in a statement.
Post her US Open triumph, Raducanu took a wildcard for Indian Wells where she was seeded 17th. But unfortunately, she lost her first match at the Californian desert in the second round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets 2-6,4-6. After her loss, the Brit took a couple of days off from tennis and went around the streets of California.
“Going forward, I’ll just have more experienced banked. I think it’s going to take me time to adjust really to what’s going on. I mean, I’m still so new to everything. I mean, I’m 18 years old. I need to cut myself some slack,” she said after her loss.
Along with Raducanu, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic has also withdrawn from the tournament. Bencic was second on the entry list for the Kremlin Cup. Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sakkari, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ons Jabeur are amongst the few who are scheduled to play the WTA 500 event.
Raducanu to play the Transylvania Open next
Emma Raducanu is now expected to travel to Romania next for the Transylvania Open. She will receive a lot of local support there as Romania is her father’s home country. The Transylvania Open will commence from October 25 and will also feature home favorite Simona Halep.
The Brit is then expected to travel to Linz to compete at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz which will be the last tournament of the season before the WTA Finals.