Emma Raducanu was ranked at No 85 in the world when she last played in Stuttgart but she will be returning with a protected ranking of 103 after appearing in Madrid's main draw before withdrawing from the tournament, as explained by Stuart Fraser of The Times.
On April 18th, Raducanu exited Stuttgart in the first round after Jelena Ostapenko handed her a 6-2 6-1 loss. A week later, Raducanu went to Madrid for a WTA 1000 tournament, where she reached the round-of-16 in 2022. In Madrid, Raducanu appeared in the main draw but ended up withdrawing from the tournament just before her first-round match.
Raducanu was paid the Madrid first-round money but she also dropped to No 103 after failing to defend her 2022 Madrid points.
Raducanu’s protected ranking is not No 85 (her position after her last match in Stuttgart) as WTA rules state that it is after the last event in which a player received prize money.
This was Madrid, where Raducanu withdrew hours before her match and was entitled to a payment. — Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) December 5, 2023
Raducanu enters the Australian Open with a protected ranking
This week, it was revealed that Raducanu entered the Australian Open using a protected ranking.
However, that is currently not enough for Raducanu to make the main draw cut. In this case, Raducanu can make the Australian Open main draw directly by the tournament organizers giving her a main draw wildcard or a couple of players withdrawing and opening up a main draw spot for her.
In 2024, Raducanu will be looking to make her third Australian Open main draw appearance. After losing in the 2022 Australian Open second round in her tournament, Raducanu was also beaten by Coco Gauff in the second round of this year's Australian Open.
But this year, Raducanu just barely managed to compete at Melbourne Park after suffering an ankle injury in Auckland just before the Australian Open. "13 days ago I would have -- like, with what I had to be in the draw right now is a massive, you know, effort and achievement.
I would say, like, all the chips were against us, and the chances of me playing this tournament were very, very low," Raducanu admitted after her Australian Open exit.