Emma Raducanu Opens Up on the Possible WTA Finals Qualification

Published 10/07/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match 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: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


18-year-old Emma Raducanu is eager to play her debut match in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. As a reigning US Open champion, all eyes will indeed be on her. Besides, as World No.22 and 17th seed in the desert, Raducanu also has a chance to enter the Top 8 in WTA Finals. But is it among her goals from the 2021 season?

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Currently, the English teenager is 15th in the WTA Race to Mexico. However, Raducanu is less than 500 rankings points from Naomi Osaka, who is presently 8th. So what is her plan to qualify for the year-ending championships?

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Emma Raducanu on hopes of WTA Finals

Inarguably, winning a Grand Slam title changes everything. Yet, Emma Raducanu is positive to stay the same and not do things differently.

Hence, while she is aware of the WTA Finals opportunity, she aims to stay in the moment. However, Raducanu has enrolled in tournaments to keep her qualification chance alive.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do, I’ve entered a few tournaments but just to give myself the option,” Raducanu said. “I’m not thinking too far ahead about the finals, but if that happens, that would be a bonus.”

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom serves to 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

As clear-headed as she is, Raducanu is most certainly a threat to make it to the Top 8. But so far, she hasn’t experienced a WTA 1000 event, which might be her only setback.

But above all, the 18-year-old is young and inspired to do well on her debut in the Indian Wells tournament. Let’s see if she can continue her New York fairytale in California.

Who will Raducanu play in Indian Wells 2021?

Notably, Raducanu received a wild card to compete in tennis paradise. Moreover, as 17th seed, she got a direct bye into the second round in BNP Paribas Open.

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Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom hits to 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

And so, in the second round, Raducanu will face World No.100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Potentially, in the third round, the 18-year-old could meet two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep.

Hence, the real tour-level test is ready for the teenage sensation in Indian Wells. The only question is: Will she remain unfazed and keep toppling her opponents with clean and concise hitting? Only time will tell us.

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The tournament starts on 6th October and will run until 17th October. Who are you supporting in this event?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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