Emma Raducanu gets good news regarding possibly avoiding Australian Open qualifying

Raducanu didn't make the Australian Open main draw cut-off but she could still reach the main draw directly.

by Dzevad Mesic
Emma Raducanu gets good news regarding possibly avoiding Australian Open qualifying
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Emma Raducanu's chances of avoiding the Australian Open qualifying have received another boost as the Briton needs three more player withdrawals after Caty McNally withdrew from the opening Grand Slam of the season. 

Raducanu, who hasn't played since mid-April, has a protected ranking of No. 103 ahead of her post-surgery return. After using her protected ranking to enter the Australian Open, Raducanu was six spots short of the main draw cut-off. But following a couple of player withdrawals, Raducanu now has a realistic chance of not having to go through the qualifying event at Melbourne Park.

Going into the 2023 season, several players are dealing with injury concerns. Most notably, Petra Kvitova appears to be very likely to miss the Australian Open as she is still not practicing due to her ongoing back injury, while Karolina Muchova is also one of the players who is battling injury concerns and has already pulled out of Brisbane. 

Raducanu aims her third Australian Open appearance

After Raducanu injured her ankle in Auckland, the Briton's Australian Open participation was in major jeopardy. Ultimately, Raducanu managed to get fit enough to compete and make her second consecutive Australian Open appearance. Raducanu even managed to get one win as she defeated Tamara Korpatsch before losing to Coco Gauff 3-6 6-7 (4). Despite losing early at the 2023 Australian Open, Raducanu tried to draw positives and just be happy about being able to play. 

"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," Raducanu said after her 2023 Australian Open exit.

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