Australian Open: Emma Raducanu withdraws from the warm-up event after being released from Covid isolation

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Source: Skysports

Australian Open: Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from an Australian Open warm-up match in Melbourne after reporting a positive Covid test after being in isolation.

Raducanu, who won the US Open in September and was granted an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, was forced to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi last month after getting the illness.

The 19-year-old was set to play in one of two women’s WTA 250 warm-up competitions at Melbourne Park from January 4 to 9.

“Having just returned from isolation, competing in the first Melbourne tournament this week is too soon for me,” Raducanu was cited as saying by the organisers.

The world No. 19 will compete in the Sydney Classic later this month before making her Australian Open debut from January 17 to 30.

For British tennis, Raducanu made it a memorable year.

Emma Raducanu is the new golden girl in the United Kingdom.

The then 18-year-old from Bromley, Kent, was raising the US Open trophy and getting a cheque for £1.8 million one minute and studying for A-Levels in economics and maths the next.

Raducanu won all ten of her matches at Flushing Meadows in straight sets to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to win a major since Virginia Wade’s memorable 1977 Wimbledon victory.

Her 6-4 6-3 final triumph over Leylah Fernandez earned her a position on the red carpet at New York’s stylish Met Gala, as well as a place in the hearts of the nation. It’s like something out of a fairytale!

Raducanu was a rookie who had never won a WTA Tour match and had only competed in her maiden big tournament at Wimbledon a few months before.

Raducanu demonstrated to the British people and the tennis world what a remarkable talent she has by reaching the fourth round at the All England Club before being forced to quit due to breathing troubles against Ajla Tomljanovic.

Despite only playing in 10 tournaments, Raducanu concluded the year as only the fifth British woman to get into the world’s top 20, despite being ranked 343 at the start of 2021.

Her training for the Australian Open didn’t start well after contracting COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi, but she was upbeat as she accepted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award while in isolation.

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