“Desert Debut You Won’t Want to Miss”: Emma Raducanu’s Huge Opportunity at Indian Wells 2021

Published 09/28/2021, 2:49 PM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


After an impeccable run at the US Open this year, British teenage tennis player Emma Raducanu has been in the limelight and fans are hugely invested to know which tournament she plays next.

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There were initial speculations regarding Raducanu directly playing the WTA Kremlin cup and continue playing the remaining WTA events before the finals. However, there is a WTA 1000 tournament which is scheduled to take place in Indian Wells from fourth of October.

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Initially, it looked evident that Indian Wells organizers will give Raducanu a wild card to play the event. But, the Brit confirmed her participation in the WTA 500 tournaments in Russia and Romania before giving an update on the BNP Paribas Open.

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Emma Raducanu will be a wild-card entrant at Indian Wells 2021

Moments ago, the tournament made it official and welcomed Emma Raducanu to their event by granting a wild card. This will be the Brit’s first participation in the main draw of a WTA 1000 tournament in her budding career.

A desert debut you won’t want to miss”, the tournament tweeted a grand welcome for Raducanu.

It’s a magnanimous moment for the youngster to be invited to a premier tournament through a wild card. Considering the wide-spread recognition Raducanu got amongst tennis fans across the world, the expectations will be high on the teenager to perform beyond her limits once again.

There is no doubt in saying that Emma Raducanu is an exceptional talent to emerge out of nowhere from the WTA tour. But, it’s necessary for her to enter this event without too many expectations so that she could play her game with freedom.

Raducanu enjoyed a dream-run at the US Open this year

Since her first grand slam title, the teenager has been part of multiple promotional campaigns across Britain and even got the chance to play tennis alongside the Duchess of Cambridge for an event organized by the LTA.

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a backhand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Having entered the US Open as a qualifier, Raducanu qualified for the main draw and went on to claim huge wins against the likes of Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari, Sorana Cirstea, etc., before thrashing Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in the final.

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If she plays with freedom like the way she did in New York, fans are in for a treat at the upcoming Indian Wells Masters.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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