Emma Raducanu handed tough Indian Wells draw as Brit returns to action

Emma Raducanu has been handed a tough first match since her incredible US Open success. The 18-year-old is set to make her first appearance since sensationally winning at Flushing Meadows.  

Raducanu broke all sorts of records in New York. She became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977. 

Her feat was made even more remarkable by the fact that she started the tournament as a debutant qualifer. She conceded afterwards that she had her flight home booked for after the qualifying rounds. 

But Raducanu remained for two further weeks and remarkably beat fellow teen Leylah Fernandez 64 6-4 in a thrilling final. That result meant that she had failed to drop a set despite a grueling 10-match sequence. 

She now faces her first appearance since that triumph. Raducanu is competing at Indian Wells this week and could face a clash against her idol Simona Halep if she navigates her second-round match. 

Raducanu will receive a bye through the first round as she is one of the top 32 players in the world. Her incredible success at the US Open, which followed a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, has seen her climb over 310 places in just 10 months. 

The Bromley-based star was ranked 345 at the start of Wimbledon. She reached the fourth round where she devastatingly had to retire after experiencing breathing issues against Ajla Tomljanovic. 

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