Emma Raducanu learns US Open qualifying draw as Brit bids for spot in second Grand Slam
Emma Raducanu has learned her fate in the US Open qualifying draw as she bids for a spot in her second Grand Slam. The new world No 150 had an impressive run to her first-ever WTA Tour-level final in Chicago last week, backing up her Wimbledon breakthrough. The 18-year-old stormed to the second week of her home Slam before retiring while a set down to Ajla Tomljanovic in the round of 16.
Raducanu is the 31st seed in the US Open qualifying draw, having gone up almost 200 spots in the rankings since before Wimbledon.
The British sensation proved that her run at the All England Club wasn’t a fluke by making her maiden WTA Tour final at the Challenger event in Chicago, falling to fellow 18-year-old Clara Tauson in three sets.
Although she narrowly missed a chance to take home her first title, it was still a positive week for Raducanu who made her debut in the world’s top 150, having been ranked world No 338 prior to Wimbledon.
She will now hope to build on her recent impressive form in qualifying as she attempts to make her second successive Grand Slam main draw.
The 18-year-old faces Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands in her opening round.
33-year-old Scoofs is currently ranked No 283 in the world, with her career-high ranking of No 142 having come almost a decade ago, in June 2012.
She has never made it past the qualifying rounds at the Grand Slams in singles, but is a one-time tour-level title winner in doubles, partnering with Sara Errani to win the 2018 Auckland Open.
If Raducanu makes it through her opening round, she will face either 19-year-old Daria Snigur, currently ranked world No 207, or 23-year-old world No 167 Miriam Bolkvadze.
Later in the draw, she could face fourth seed Mayar Sherif in the third round if both players get there, with the Egyptian having recently made her first-ever WTA Tour-level final in both singles and doubles at the Winners Open in Romania.
Meanwhile, fellow Brit Katie Boulter faces American wildcard Gabriella Price in her opening round at the US Open qualifying event.
Harriet Dart is seeded just behind Raducanu at 32nd, as she’s also set to face an American wildcad, Peyton Stearns, to open her campaign to qualify for the US Open.
There are also fears Heather Watson could be side-lined from the US Open, where she automatically qualifies for the main draw thanks to her ranking, after she retired from her match in Chicago on Monday (August 23).
The world No 62 was competing at the WTA 250 event but looked out of sorts as she lost the first set 6-2 to Ana Bogdan.
The Brit had impressed at the WTA 1000-level tournament in Cincinnati last week, pushing world No 1 and eventual champion Ash Barty in a close two-setter, with the Aussie winning 6-4 7-6(3).
She looked completely different in Chicago as she was forced to retire after the first game of the second set, throwing her US Open chances into doubt with the Grand Slam now less than a week away.
No reason for her retirement has been given yet.