Emma Raducanu could be in line to face her idol Simona Halep at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells; the 18-year-old from Bromley will open her marketing campaign against Maria Camila Osorio or Aliaksandra Sasnovich within the second spherical of the match later this week
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 05/10/21 1:26am
British No 1 Emma Raducanu could be in line to face her idol Simona Halep in what can be a blockbuster third spherical clash at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells following Monday’s draw.
Raducanu’s first match since her gorgeous US Open victory might be a second spherical date against both world No 71 Maria Camila Osorio from Colombia or Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the Belarusian world No 100.
Now ranked 22, Raducanu might be among the many 32 seeds and due to this fact obtain a bye within the first spherical after being granted a wild-card spot with her first match on both Friday or Saturday.
Should Raducanu progress then a potential encounter against two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No 1 Halep could effectively await.
The Romanian eleventh seed gained the celebrated match, which is also known as the ‘unofficial fifth Grand Slam’ in 2015.
Halep hailed Raducanu’s New York achievement as “Extraordinary” on social media following her victory over Canadian Leylah Fernandez.
Raducanu, whose father Ian is from Bucharest, has taken three weeks off to digest her achievement, however she is now poised for a busy month with all-eyes on the 18-year-old within the California desert.
She is at present with out a everlasting coach having break up from Andrew Richardson regardless of their outstanding New York success however has been seen on court docket with former British No 1 Jeremy Bates this week.
The joint match on the WTA and ATP Tour is likely one of the greatest stops on the calendar exterior the Slams. Usually held in March, it was cancelled in 2019 after which postponed earlier this yr due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Katie Boulter’s hopes of becoming a member of Raducanu and Heather Watson in the primary draw suffered a blow after she misplaced 7-5 6-2 to 16-year-old American Reese Brantmeier in qualifying.
Watson, the world No 57, has been drawn to face house favorite Sloane Stephens within the first spherical.
Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Andy Murray can even be concerned within the occasion with the lads’s singles draw set to be made Wednesday afternoon native time.
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