World No. 13 Emma Raducanu has been confirmed for Monterrey, the tournament announced. Raducanu, 19, is set to make her debut in Monterrey. On Tuesday, the Monterrey organizers announced world No. 28 Madison Keys also signed up to play Monterrey.
Like Raducanu, Keys also has no previous appearances at the tournament. The Monterrey organizers are certainly thrilled to have signed Raducanu and Keys signed up for the 2022 event. The Monterrey event is scheduled to take place between February 28 - March 06.
Raducanu, Keys last played at the Australian Open
Raducanu suffered a shock second round defeat in Melbourne Park as she was beaten by Danka Kovinic. However, Raducanu wasn't down on herself after the match as she was hampered by blisters.
"I have been struggling with blisters since I started playing in Australia," Raducanu said after the loss. "Twenty-one days, no tennis, my hands got pretty soft. From day one, day two, I was getting blisters pop up here and there.
This particular one has been with me for about five days. "But I thought it was a pretty good learning experience for me. I discovered tools about myself and my game that I didn't know I had before, so I can take some positives even from this match."
On the other side, Keys made the Australian Open semifinal before losing to world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. Keys left Australia in positive spirits and hoping she will continue to do well in the rest of the season. "Honestly, I think the biggest thing that I take from the summer is just getting a lot of matches in," Keys said.
"It's been a really long time since I have been able to start off the year on such a strong foot and have all of these matches and to have all that confidence going into the year. "I don't think I have ever had that, so that's a great feeling.
It's something that's really great to build off of. Just having all of that experience on the court already this year for tough moments down the road is going to be really beneficial."