Emma Raducanu qualified for the Australian Open 2024 Main Draw

The British took advantage a series of favorable situations to qualify at the main draw of Melbourne Slam

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Emma Raducanu qualified for the Australian Open 2024 Main Draw
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Emma Raducanu has officially qualified for the Australian Open 2024 main draw, taking advantage of the withdrawals of several tennis players who were ahead of her. The British should have taken part in the qualification tournament for the Happy Slam, due to her ranking (she is currently WTA No.


However, a series of particularly favorable events has allowed the winner of the US Open 2021 to access the main Australian Slam draw.

Karolina Muchova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Caty McNally and Petra Kvitova have allowed the young Emma to skip the qualifying tournament. Thanks to this, she can focus solely on the main draw, without having to waste energy in qualifying.

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In the meantime, Raducanu came back to the tennis court in the 2024 ASB Classic after an eight month break. Emma was stopped since April following three surgeries to which she underwent in 2023 and, in the first round of Auckland, she managed to beat the Romanian Elena Gabriela Ruse.

The British will be expected in the second round by Ukraine and former number 3 of the world ranking Elina Switoline. Emma had surprised the world during the 2021 edition of the US Open in which, starting from the qualifications, she won the New York major without giving any set in the 10 matches played.

With the victory of the American Slam, moreover, she became the first qualified to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Raducanu's first words after her come back

Raducanu, in the interview on the post-match court in Auckland, underlined the need to be physically well and solve the problems that slowed down the rise at the top of the WTA ranking, declaring: "It is difficult to return after such a long break.

I am very grateful to be on the pitch to compete and not forced to stay in bed or on a wheelchair. It makes me very happy to have returned to the circuit and I want to continue winning games. For me it is a priority to avoid injuries.

" The British tennis player, currently coached by Nick Cavaday, has been subject to numerous coach changes, 6 in the last 24 months, underlining a discontent in the management of expectations and weight following the victory of the US Open of 2021 and she will now be forced to reconstruct again a ranking that reflects her talent.

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