Ex-Slam champion reacts to Emma Raducanu potentially needing to play AO qualifying

As it stands now, Raducanu will have to play in the Australian Open qualifying event.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ex-Slam champion reacts to Emma Raducanu potentially needing to play AO qualifying
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Former five-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs doesn't think that Emma Raducanu potentially playing in the Australian Open qualifying event is a necessarily bad thing. This week, it was revealed that Raducanu used her protected ranking to enter the 2024 Australian Open player field.

But Raducanu's protected ranking of No 103 currently isn't good enough for the Briton to make the Australian Open main draw directly. Instead, Raducanu will need a main draw wildcard or a couple of players to withdraw from the tournament.

At the 2021 US Open, Raducanu made tennis history when she became the first-ever tennis player to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier. Responding to the news of Raducanu potentially needing to play in the Australian Open qualifying, Stubbs wrote: "I mean I’m thinking Qs isn’t a bad idea!

It worked last time! Great to have her back!"

Raducanu has two second-round exits at the Australian Open

After picking up a second-round defeat in her Australian Open debut in 2022, Raducanu was also beaten in the second round at Melbourne Park earlier this year.

Raducanu, who suffered an ankle injury just before the Australian Open, was beaten by Coco Gauff at this year's Australian Open. After the exit, Raducanu said just competing in Melbourne was a success. "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. So I had extremely limited practice time, and I think I can say that now I'm not, like, competing anymore (laughing).

But, yeah, it was obviously going to be a push to get me on the court. I think 13 days ago if you would have told us, like, Hey, you're going to be in the draw and win a round, it would have been a massive effort for sure. Saying that, I still think I didn't necessarily play my best today.

Although, like, the second set I had chances and were pushing, it was still I felt like I could have done better myself. But props to her. She's a great, great opponent and great athlete," Raducanu said.

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