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Emma Raducanu faces race against time to prove fitness before Indian Wells cut-off

Emma Raducanu is facing a race against time to be fit for the Indian Wells Masters next week. The British teenager was involved in a marathon match with Daria Saville at the Guadalajara Open in Mexico, but whilst trailing 4-3 in the deciding set, was forced to retire with a hip injury.

 

 

The injury forced her to withdraw from this week’s Monterrey Open, and her participation for the tournament in California, which begins next Monday, March 7, appears in serious doubt.

 

 

The 19-year-old shot to superstardom at the US Open last September, when she became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam event.

 

 

It capped a breakthrough year during which she also reached the last 16 of Wimbledon, and by the end of 2021 had climbed more than 300 places in the world rankings.

 

 

Her achievement was further recognised via the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, and she has also been nominated for the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award.

 

 

After her triumph at Flushing Meadows, she took a short break before returning for the 2021 tournament at Indian Wells, which was delayed from its usual March slot due to the impact of Covid.

 

 

However, she was surprisingly beaten by world No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets, and had endured mixed fortunes on court since, winning just three tour matches.

 

 

 

At the Australian Open, she recorded a superb first round win over American Grand Slam winner Sloane Stephens, but then was again blighted by injury as she battled deep blisters during her defeat to Danka Kovinic.

 

 

And now the next few days will be critical in determining if she is able to compete in an event widely considered the most prestigious outside of the Slam tournaments.

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