Emma Raducanu: The US Open champion could play her idol Simona Halep in a high-profile matchup at Indian Wells

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US Open Champion: Following Monday’s draw, British No. 1 Emma Raducanu might play her idol Simona Halep in a third-round showdown at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Raducanu’s first match since her spectacular US Open champion will be a second-round encounter against either Colombian world No. 71 Maria Camila Osorio or Belarussian world No. 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Raducanu, who is now ranked 22, will be one of the 32 seeds and so receive a bye in the first round after being granted a wild card position with her first match on either Friday or Saturday.

If Raducanu advances, he might face two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Simona Halep.

In 2015, the 11th seed from Romania won the renowned tournament, which is commonly dubbed as the “unofficial fifth Grand Slam.”

Following her victory over Canadian Leylah Fernandez in New York, Halep praised Raducanu’s performance as “amazing” on social media.

Raducanu, whose father Ian is from Bucharest, has had three weeks off to reflect on her accomplishment, but she is now gearing up for a busy month in the California desert, with all eyes on the 18-year-old.

She is now without a permanent coach after splitting with Andrew Richardson despite their stunning New York success, although she has been spotted on the court with former British No. 1 Jeremy Bates this week.

Outside of the Slams, the joint tournament on the WTA and ATP Tour is one of the most important stops on the calendar. It was usually held in March, however, it was cancelled in 2019 and then rescheduled earlier this year due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Katie Boulter’s chances of partnering Raducanu and Heather Watson in the main draw were dashed in qualifying when she fell 7-5, 6-2 to 16-year-old American Reese Brantmeier.

Watson ranked 57th in the world, has been drawn to meet home favourite, Sloane Stephens, in the first round.

Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie, and Andy Murray will all compete, with the men’s singles draw scheduled for Wednesday afternoon local time.

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