Tennis news – When will Emma Raducanu play next time? What is its 2021 program? Can she qualify for the WTA Finals?
Emma Raducanu will play her first tournament as a major champion this week as she competes in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Raducanu, 18, took a month of tennis after his shocking US Open victory and will be ranked 17th when he returns to California.
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The tournament marks the start of a busy month for Raducanu as she returns to tennis and potentially seeks a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico.
From Indian Wells, she will return to Europe to compete in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow then the Transylvanian Open in Romania, her father’s hometown. The Kremlin Cup is the last WTA 500 tournament of the season – with 470 points offered to the winner – and the Transylvanian Open is a WTA 250 tournament with 280 points for the champion.
She is also entered in the WTA 250 Upper Austria Ladies in Linz, Austria, although this is the same week as the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.
After the 2021 season ends, thoughts will quickly turn to 2022, especially with strict Covid-19 regulations expected to be in place for the start of the season in Australia. It has been reported that players may need to be vaccinated to play at the Australian Open while some may have to travel over Christmas due to quarantine requests.
Raducanu has never been to the Australian Open before and says she intends to play the middle finger, which begins on January 17.
“Whatever needs to be done to be able to play the Australian Open, I will,” she said. “To me, it’s not even a thought or a battle in my mind. I just want to be at the Australian Open, and I want to compete there, so whatever it is, I’ll go.
Raducanu’s 2021 calendar
- October 6-17: Indian Wells, California, United States
- October 18-24: Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia
- October 25-31: Transylvanian Open, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- November 8-14: WTA Finals, Guadalajara, Mexico or Upper Austria Ladies, Linz, Austria
Will Raducanu advance to the WTA Finals?
The top eight players in the world go head to head in the WTA Finals, with rankings based on annual performance rather than the overall singles ranking, which runs over a 52-week window that has currently been extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Raducanu is No. 22 in the world, but in the WTA Finals Race standings she is No. 15, with 2,282 points. Naomi Osaka is in eighth place with 2771 points, with world No.1 Ashleigh Barty in the lead with 6411 points. However, Barty and Osaka are not playing at Indian Wells and could miss the final as well, which could open up opportunities for two more players to compete in Mexico.
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As it stands, if Raducanu won Indian Wells it would increase to 3282 points, which would be enough for fifth place in the current WTA Finals race standings. If Barty and Osaka do not play the finals, then 10th place would qualify.
This place is currently occupied by Elise Mertens with 2,438 points, so Raducanu would only need 200 points to overtake it.
With his busy schedule, there will be plenty of points to offer, with 1,000 available for the winner at Indian Wells, 650 for the finalist, 390 for the semi-finalists and 215 for the quarter-finalists. Even if Raducanu loses her opener, she will add another 35 points to her total.
Who will be Raducanu’s next coach?
Raducanu decided to part ways with coach Andrew Richardson after the US Open, saying she wanted someone with more “WTA experience”. She has yet to name a replacement and will have former British No.1 Jeremy Bates in her corner in Indian Wells. Former Simona Halep coach Darren Cahill has been mentioned as a possible option, as have Serena Williams coach Patrick Mouratoglou and former Johanna Konta coach Esteban Carril.
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