US Open champion Emma Raducanu and four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka will kick off their season at a WTA event in Melbourne. Raducanu, 19, is set to make her debut at the Australian Open. On the other side, Osaka is set to return to action for the first time since suffering an early exit at the US Open.
After losing to Leylah Fernandez in the US Open third round, Osaka broke down in tears and said she would take another break from tennis. Osaka also took a two-month break following the French Open. Osaka will be hoping to do well in Melbourne and potentially defend her Australian Open title.
Raducanu set to highlight the field
Raducanu made the Wimbledon round-of-16 as a wild card, before winning a Grand Slam title in her second Major appearance. "Wimbledon was the first moment I was being competitive on a global scale.
Obviously there was so much excitement going on and adrenaline I'd never felt before, because it was the first time," Raducanu told Sky News. "I was so proud and happy being at home playing in front of home crowd, it was such a special feeling especially out there on Court One, the biggest court I've ever played on, so I was really nervous but I absolutely loved it once I got out there."
Raducanu revealed she just wanted to make it past the qualifying at the US Open. "I arrived in New York just hoping to get through qualifying maybe. I was pretty tired. I just had the most amazing time and I think the key to that was I just focused on the day," Raducanu admitted.
"The time flew by, It went so fast by the end of it I was like, 'I don't wanna leave yet, I wanna stay', and it was getting to the latter stages of the tournament and I was thinking, 'but, what if? You're here, so why not?' But no one made a big deal of it."