Can Emma Raducanu Qualify for the WTA Finals 2021?

Published 10/06/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom celebrates a winner against Shelby Rogers of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


At the moment, Emma Raducanu is the rising star of tennis. The teenager from Great Britain has been living an unbelievable fairy-tale after her success at the US Open in September. Her story sounds too good to be true, winning a title in her second appearance at a Grand Slam.

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As we speak about Emma Raducanu and have reached the final stages of the 2021 season, let’s look at the possibility of her making it to the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico. It is possible that Raducanu could climb in rankings over the next few weeks. 

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Emma Raducanu faces less pressure at Indian Wells 

What Emma has working in her favour at Indian Wells is that other players need to put in solid performances at Indian Wells, or they risk falling down in the rankings. For example, Bianca Andreescu, the defending champion at Indian Wells from 2019, will lose a major chunk of points if she fails to go deep in the event. Besides, Angelique Kerber also has quite a few points to defend as she was the runner-up in 2019.

With a lot of potential movement, Raducanu could provisionally be into the top 20 before Indian Wells even before it starts. And as the competition is a WTA 1000 event, there are plenty of points for her to grab if she can manage a deep-run.

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets US Open Champion Emma Raducanu at the LTA Centre in Roehampton, London, Britain, September 24, 2021. Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via REUTERS

Opening for the teenager to capitalise on 

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Both Barty and Osaka, who are in the top-10 may miss the finals, which could open up chances for two more players to compete in Mexico. If Raducanu were to win Indian Wells, she would move to 3282 points, which would be good enough for fifth place in the Race to the WTA Finals rankings. 

Things are falling into place for Emma who wouldn’t have pictured all these things unfolding in front of her. Her sheer dedication and hard work are certainly paying off. Even when she competes, not many players are aware of the different tactics she could apply during the matches. 

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Tennis fans are in for a treat as the race for the WTA Finals intensifies. Hopefully, Raducanu will be a mainstay in that competition for years to come. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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